Three out of four Businesses ignore Covid ‘No Jab no Job’ calls as Shops reopen, according to Forum of Private Business

As small businesses open their doors again, a survey conducted by business support organisation the Forum of Private Business indicates that only a quarter of business owners have instigated a policy of requiring staff to undertake a Covid jab before returning to work.

Whilst a third recognise that having a jab is necessary to maintain an appropriate level of safety in the workplace, only 2% have actually changed employment contracts to insist on one, and only three out of every twenty plan to require some form of Covid passport to be held by customers.

Notwithstanding the low level of insistence, only 1 in 20 have experienced any issues or resistance from staff, suggesting that the staff themselves treat their personal Covid safety as a priority, and less than 20% of the businesses in the survey have reported that they have a consultation policy in place to address any concerns.

Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass commented, “There is clear evidence from employees that they treat their own, and their customers’ safety, as paramount, but in the absence of any direct requirement and support from the Government it is understandable the business owners are reluctant to incur the additional costs of both ‘Covid Passport’, and ‘No Jab, No Job’ policies.”

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Details of the Survey available at:

Ian Cass at

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.

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