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Coronavirus and industry sectors

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in significant industry disruption. This page collates ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources on the impact of coronavirus on different industry sectors.

ICAEW insights

Remote working means changes for real estate

ICAEW 29-05-2020

29 May: COVID-19 has forced the issue of working from home to the forefront of many organisations thinking, but it has simply turned up the dial on a shift in working behaviour that has already been gaining pace and that the real estate sector must respond to.

Five challenges for insurers from coronavirus

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ICAEW 09-05-2020

The covid-19 health and economic crisis will challenge insurers in these five ways

Lockdown international case study: Indian manufacturing

ICAEW 30-04-2020

1 May 2020: ICAEW Insights speaks with Suketu Shah, senior manager at an Indian electrical goods company, about meeting the challenges of communication, cashflow and sales during the country’s lockdown.

External resources

General industry resources

COVID-19: UK industry focus – Where next?

Strategy& 15 MAY 2020

Series of insights from PwC’s Strategy& looking at how COVID-19 is affecting industries in the UK and how organisations can meet the challenge. Industries include power and utilities; travel and leisure; aviation; government; automotive; healthcare; pharmaceutical; banking; industrial manufacturing; real estate; asset and wealth management; retail; consumer goods; telecoms; insurance.

Combating COVID-19: Insights by sector

Deloitte 21 APRIL 2020

Industry-specific information and guidance from Deloitte on COVID-19. Sectors include aerospace and defence; automotive; consumer products and retail; financial services; government and public services; industrial products and construction; life sciences; mining and metals; oil, gas and chemicals; power, utilities and renewables; technology; telecom, media and entertainment; transportation and hospitality.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ONS 30 MARCH 2020

Data and analysis from ONS on coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and its effect on the economy and society. Includes information on coronavirus and homeworking in the UK labour market and analysis of the industries and occupations that parents and those aged 70 or over work in.

Coronavirus Update: Industry Fast Facts

IBISWorld 19 MARCH 2020

Analysis from IBISWorld, the industry research firm, outlining how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting business sectors around the world (including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US). Summaries cover mining; utilities; construction; manufacturing; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; publishing, broadcasting and telecommunications; finance and insurance; education; professional, scientific and technical services; real estate, rental and leasing; healthcare; accommodation and food services; arts, entertainment and recreation.




COVID-19 impact on the European air traffic network


Information from aviation organisation EUROCONTROL on the impact of COVID-19 on air traffic in Europe. Includes a regularly updated assessment of the latest traffic situation and how it has changed compared to the same period in 2019. Also includes future air traffic scenarios and updates on the latest measures taken by European States and major European airlines in response to the pandemic.

Updated impact assessment of the novel Coronavirus

IATA 05 MARCH 2020

An updated assessment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) comparing the impact on aviation of previous disease outbreaks with COVID-19. It highlights the potential effects in different markets of a limited spread scenario and an extensive spread scenario in terms of impact on passenger numbers and passenger revenues.

Initial impact assessment of the novel Coronavirus


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) compares the impact on aviation of previous disease outbreaks with COVID-19. Data from February 2020 shows a 60% decline in domestic and international China passenger numbers and a potential industry-wide US$29bn loss of passenger revenues.


Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on university finances

University and College Union 23 APRIL 2020

Report by London Economics for the University and College Union on the impact of COVID-19 on the finances of a selection of universities across the UK. Includes analysis of student enrolments and income, net cash inflow from operating activities and employment. Also considers the wider economic impact associated with the expected reduction in higher education institutions’ income and expenditure and this impact by region.


COVID-19 wind information hub

Wind Europe 15-04-2020

Information from trade association Wind Europe on coronavirus and the wind power sector. Includes impacts on the wind power supply chain and energy policy and regulation.

Fashion and textiles

Financial services

Food and drink

Health and beauty

How COVID-19 is changing the world of beauty

McKinsey & Company 05 MAY 2020

Article from McKinsey & Company examining the likely effects of COVID-19 on the beauty industry over the next three to six months. How the crisis could fundamentally change the industry in the long term is also explored together with how retailers, strategic players and investors can adapt.



UKHospitality Coronavirus hub

UKHospitality 22 MARCH 2020

Regularly updated hub from UKHospitality covering guidance and announcements for catering, hotel and other hospitality businesses in the UK. It includes information on financial support, employer advice, public health advice, contracts advice, advice on laundries, and considerations for premises licence holders.

COVID-19: Hotel Industry Impact

STR 20 MARCH 2020

Analysis, commentary and webinars from STR, the data benchmarking and analytics firm, monitoring performance data in regions around the world for the hospitality sector.


COVID-19 manufacturing monitor

Make UK 01 MAY 2020

Fortnightly publication from industry association Make UK providing insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s manufacturing sector.

Media and entertainment


COVID-19 Insight in unprecedented times

LCP 09 APRIL 2020

Hub from pension consultants Lane Clark & Peacock LLP providing up to date thinking on how COVID-19 is impacting the market across three areas; Pensions, Investment and Insurance . It is designed to give expert reaction on the latest developments and what they might mean in the short and longer term as well as giving practical advice about dealing with challenging times.

Property and construction


Benchmarks: Footfall trends and analytics

Springboard 20 MARCH 2020

Daily analysis of footfall and visitor trends in retail and leisure venues in the UK and other countries from Springboard, data specialists for the retail sector, showing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Charts illustrate a sharp decline in UK footfall since mid-March 2020.


Transportation and logistics

The coronavirus and freight forwarding

TT Club 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Briefing from the transport and logistics insurer TT Club outlining how freight forwarders, logistics service providers and other intermediaries can protect themselves legally and minimise their liabilities during disruption to freight transport and supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.


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