The COVID-19 virus is spreading across the UK population through close human contact (e.g. via breath and touching shared surfaces). Those workers with jobs that bring them into close contact with others and/or those who regularly come into contact with diseases or infections are most at risk.
In the interactive charts on this page we have plotted 273 different UK-based occupations according to numbers employed in each, the level of physical proximity that each job requires and the exposure to diseases or infections that each job entails.
Each blue orb represents an occupation: if you hover over each you will see a readout of information, including how many men and women do this job and what the median pay is. The larger the orb, the more people employed in that occupation. You’ll find that each job also has a score that ranks it for exposure and for physical proximity. Sales Assistants, for example, have a high proximity to others (scoring 69), but a low exposure – usually – to disease or infections (scoring 19). Nurses score high on both fronts: they involve high physical proximity (94) and a high exposure to diseases and infections (95).
We have then used this data to create a Risk Indication Factor (RIF) that can usefully scope the risk of COVID-19 infection for workers in those occupations. Below we have unpacked this data into different charts so as to highlight key findings. Although the results are only indicative, they reveal much about the UK labour market and the workers who will be most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
You can arrange the charts in a number of ways, plotting the occupations against different metrics by toggling the corresponding buttons. If you search for a job title the corresponding orb will become highlighted in the chart so you can find it more easily. We are using occupation titles as given by the ONS’ SOC system.