Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO International Fitness Observatory survey.

Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO survey.

Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO International Fitness Observatory survey. 1

  • It is estimated that in the US, due to the Coronavirus health emergency, the economic loss of the fitness sector will amount to over 10 billion dollars by the end of the summer. With over 700,000 thousand jobs at risk, according to the data that emerged from the research of IFO (International Fitness Observatory), this sector calls for real structural interventions. Over 40% of clubs believe they will no longer have the resources to survive the crisis for over 3 months.

August 18, 2020: The fitness and sports industry is an important reality in the US economy.

IFO – International Fitness Observatory, in collaboration with Egeria, carried out a research coordinated by Dr. Paolo Menconi, President of the Observatory, involving over 7,400 clubs in the USA.

A leader in the sector internationally, in 2019 the fitness sector in the USA was constantly growing with about 64 million club members and with total revenues of about 35 billion dollars. This is a market has now entered its most dramatic moment.

Many clubs have sold short-term memberships and only 49% of clubs have more than half of the customers with an annual membership, sign of a financially fragile market.

Covid-19 crisis is having a strong impact on the fitness sector and the numbers provided by the clubs from the beginning of the crisis until late summer show the estimate of the loss to easily exceed 10 billion of dollars, with over 700,000 thousand jobs at risk.

Paolo Menconi, President of IFO, says: “The results of this research indicate that the fitness industry is in a very difficult and unprecedented time. We should not forget this is a sector that has a fundamental social role for the psycho-physical well-being of people and it is able to offer good deals for any budget. It should be protected with serious and concrete structural actions, both for employees and for customers, making it able to get back on its feet and continue to look ahead to the future.”


Over 70% of clubs believe that the measures taken so far by the Institutions are not sufficient to support the sector. They suggest the following Non-refundable/non-repayable economic loans for the sector (66.15%); Suspensions for a defined time necessary for tax duties and bills for the supply of electricity, gas and water (59.59%);

If the situation is difficult for everyone but the economic ability to withstand the crisis is different: 35% do not know how long they will be able to survive, 21% claim to have autonomy for 2 months. 40% of clubs may not make it in 3 months. In the fourth month of stop, the risk is that over 45% of the clubs won’t survive. Only 20% of clubs say they have the financial resources to last for five months.


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Dr. Paolo Menconi


* Methodological note

1 June 2020 – 20 July 2020 is the period in which the Survey was carried out. 7,479 clubs in the USA received the questionnaire. 1,327 opened the email and started answering the questions but then did not fill in some answers of an economic and organizational nature on their Club, while 208 answered anonymously the questionnaire of 29 questions, with an average completion time of 7/8 minutes.

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How We Can Safely Start Filling Jobs Whilst Social Distancing

Launch of the new interview screening service Screenable

London based company Screenable have today announced the global launch of their video interview screening service across both web and app platforms. The release could not have come at a more crucial time for the global economy as businesses begin to reopen and focus turns to getting the world back to work following the Covid-19 lockdown. The smart screening service from Screenable is available for recruiters at and delivers video interviews in 3 simple steps.

Screenable is designed to make it simple, quick and effective for both recruiters and applicants to manage the job application and interview screening process. As social distancing restrictions remain in place across many countries, face-to-face interviews are not viable yet interview screenings will be essential to recruiting moving forward. Recruiters can screen candidates as the CV’s land on their desk, speeding up and consolidating the interview process to ensure a more efficient recruitment journey.

There are no third parties involved, which speeds up the process and allows recruiters to manage their own portfolio with a bank of prepared questions. Screening requests can be sent directly to applicants or alternatively posted with the job advert across platforms. To help get our workforce back on its feet, Screenable is crediting all recruiter and employer accounts with screening credits. A selection of subscription plans and referral schemes are also available.

Due to the rise in recent unemployment we expect higher rates of job applications to manage, Screenable will make this process faster, smarter and cheaper. With video calls becoming a household staple over the lockdown period, people are more familiar and comfortable with being in front of a screen which has led to a rise in response rates from video screening applicants. The Hub on the Screenable platform will manage applicant responses and help build a portfolio of candidates for ongoing opportunities.

The Screenable mobile app on iOS and Android is free for applicants to build a private or public profile, as well as respond directly to screening requests from recruiters. Screenable has been carefully crafted to ensure applicants are given the opportunity to stand out from the crowds. Profile pages and CV’s will be supported by a series of video interviews to bring the candidate and their work experience to life. Applicants can share their profiles with potential employees and recruiters during their job search as well as post direct profile links to professional platforms such as LinkedIn.

Screenable is the video interview platform launched in 2020 from the UK.

Screenable is the video interview platform designed for recruiters to streamline applicant screening and hire the best talent.
Recruiters can use the Screenable service on the web.

Job applicants can download the free Screenable app on: –iOS

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The Skillmill jobs platform – PR Fire

Skillmill, a recently launched social network and business platform for the creative industry, aims to connect talent with opportunity.

Vienna, May 2020 – While global suffering from COVID-19 remains great, Skillmill is striving to stay positive and provide support for the creative community. This is done primarily by working to ensure that new job offers are posted to the Skillmill site and matched with the best possible creative. Bringing clients and creatives together – that is the goal.

But there’s another aspect that Skillmill would also like to stimulate. As a hub for a very broad range of sectors, Skillmill acts a melting pot for creative professionals with all sorts of specialties and backgrounds, causing projects to germinate and innovation to flourish. This provides rich ground for creatives not only to find new jobs, but to discover, connect, and smoothly collaborate with one another as well.

Skillmill offers the creative community the space and infrastructure it needs to work together and co-create, making it possible to start a profile for free, upload a portfolio, and connect with others. Skillmill’s Messenger function is a great way to contact businesses and creatives without even being connected members. This is an invaluable way to establishing a rich network of associates, colleagues, and clients.

The Skillmill network focuses solely on the creative market – which ranges from advertising and graphic design to architecture, web development, and much more. Thousands of creatives are already members and the community is growing steadily. As more businesses and entrepreneurs discover Skillmill and begin to actively post jobs the foundation for healthy business activity is laid.

Skillmill co-founder and CCO Ute Leonhartsberger notes: “The industry is going through a massive rough patch. However, ways for creatives to get through this do exist. One way is collaboration, an excellent tool for broadening creative scope and, depending on the type of partnership, lead to new or expanded skill sets. The increased flexibility of collaboration can make it possible to take on larger assignments, resulting in greater economic stability. Collaborating with other individuals or networks of professionals increases the palette of services that can be offered, making it possible for creative entrepreneurs to offer new, all-inclusive packages to their clients.”

Skillmill encourages creatives to support and guide one another. We need to stick together as a community and grow stronger as a whole. Cohesion and unity can lead to innovative new connections, transcending borders and opening up unique niche markets.

“Collaborating across the borders of a branch fosters innovation and is a crucial aspect of the development of the creative economy as a whole. That’s why Skillmill is pleased to help creatives work together,” says Max Hareiter, Skillmill co-founder and CEO.

About Skillmill
Skillmill is first and foremost a networking and jobs platform for creative professionals and businesses, but future goals go far beyond. Skillmill is on its way to becoming an international platform for collaboration and innovation among the cultural and creative industries. Currently, the Skillmill team is working on several new features dedicated to nurturing the creative environment. New members can sign up to see what it is all about (and how Skillmill helps jumpstart work worlds)!

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Meet the Steve Jobs of Divorce and His Tips on Relationships During the Lockdown

“The most difficult part of this business is the lack of repeat customers. Unless you are an A-list celebrity, or Premier League footballer, you are unlikely to go through too many divorces in your life.”

Meet Ali Carter, the Managing Director of Divorce Ltd. Ali, like most of the country at the moment, is working from home during the Covid-19 lockdown. “In March we saw an 85% drop in new business. But since then we have had a big bounce, with lots of enquiries from people who are struggling with parenting arrangements during the lockdown, or who have used the time to re-assess their lives and want to separate from their partner.

We actually took on an extra member of staff after the lockdown and have managed to keep all our mediators in business during this time, so that has been the best thing for me to come out from this horrible situation.”

In China, media reports show that separations and divorce applications surged in March when the lockdown was relaxed. Similar trends are expected in the UK and other countries.

“It’s a sad fact that when a relationship is struggling, spending more time together can make matters worse. That is why we traditionally see a boost in enquiries in January, after the Christmas break and again in September, after the summer holidays. The lockdown just magnifies existing issues, whilst concerns about jobs, money and health all add to a cocktail of stresses that put even the most amicable of relationships under pressure.”

But will the forecast economic downturn affect the divorce industry? “Yes and No”, says Ali. “The housing market does have an effect on divorce, as many people generally look to sell or buy properties during a separation. And your pension values could have reduced considerably, affecting the overall agreement. But in general, people can’t perfectly time when their relationship fails – but when it does, we help them sort out their parenting arrangements and their financial agreement as fairly, amicably and cost-effectively as possible.”

It became compulsory to consider family mediation in the UK before a court application just over six years ago, but there is still a lot of confusion to the process and what it actually involves. Many people still think it is a chat to confirm the relationship is over. That would be something discussed in counselling instead. The best way to describe mediation is it replaces going to court with having an adult conversation about how to move on with your lives when separated.

Many people think they can go to a family court, get a decision based on what they feel is fair and have it made legally binding and the other party will be thrown in jail if they do not comply with the order. That is very far from the truth. A financial order takes three separate hearings to reach a final decision, will take about a year to resolve and quotes vary from £20,000 to £50,000 per person if you have a solicitor represent you. Investing a few hours of your time and a few hundred pounds at the start of the divorce process could just save you a lot of time and stress.

So why set up a family mediation and amicable divorce business? Ali was a police officer in the Metropolitan Police. He spent many years working on the Sapphire unit, helping victims of serious sexual assault. This taught him how to talk to people in distress and, more importantly, how to listen. When he had his daughter he moved to a Safer Neighbourhood Team and started getting involved in neighbour disputes. “I could see the benefit of resolving problems sensibly and by talking and working together, as opposed to just using the powers available to me under the law.

When I went through my own, difficult divorce, I thought ‘there must be a better way to sort out everything?’ I heard the Uk Government were pushing for a more amicable approach to resolving issues, so I took a qualification in mediation, retired early from the police and set up my own mediation service. My first office was a cupboard under the stairs, I bought a printer and laptop from a car boot, and for the first few months, travelled to clients’ houses as I could not afford to hire a meeting room.”

Almost 10 years later, Mediate UK, the trading name of Divorce Ltd, has fifteen branches nationally and helps clients throughout England & Wales with online mediation.

“Online mediation was something we set up in 2015 and this is how we hold all our mediation appointments at this time. It works really well and allows people to come out of the lockdown with a clear plan for their future.”

You may think it would be difficult to innovate within the divorce market, but Ali and his team have put together various new services to help people going through a divorce. “We set up fixed-fee legal packages with the mediation attached to them. This lets people budget at an expensive time, without being committed, but also means your agreement is not going to be undone by unscrupulous solicitors. We work with professionals we know and trust and who fully understand the work we put in first.

We also devised a method of mediation that we call ‘progressive mediation’. It streamlines the process, focuses on getting to agreement and is the reason we help nine out of ten clients reach agreement, when the national average is just 70%.

For the 10% who don’t reach agreement, we devised barrister reviews so you can find out what would be a likely outcome were you to go to court. Why spend in excess of £20,000 on court hearings, if an expert has already told you what is likely to happen?”

Does Ali feel bad running a business that serves people going through a divorce or separation? “I’m divorced, my parents are divorced and I have helped in over 3000 divorces. I have seen the best and worst ways to do it and I am convinced that an amicable approach, using mediation if required, is best for the couple divorcing, their children and the wider family.”

Any tips for those stuck in lockdown with a partner they don’t want to be with? Ali suggests, “Just focus on the future, put a plan in place and, where possible, work together to put it into practice. Look at where you want to be in your life in two years’ time, how you want to parent your children, what will make you happy and then just go for it. Things can and will get better. I’ve never had a client come back after a few years and say their life is worse. Done well, you can all be that much happier.”

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Ali Carter, Divorce Ltd
Lutterworth, Leicestershire