How has COVID-19 affected careers?


Why did The Pay Index create this report?


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Over the last 12 months or so, COVID-19 has changed almost every aspect of our lives. As part of The Pay Index's mission to provide salary transparency and support for professionals, we wanted to understand how the pandemic had affected the careers of professionals around the world.

At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, The Pay Index ran a survey asking professionals what impact COVID-19 had already started to have on their careers. A year on, in March 2021, The Pay Index carried out a follow-up survey with the objective of understanding the changes COVID-19 had driven in the professional landscape over the last 12 months.


How has COVID-19
affected salaries?

52% of the professionals we surveyed 
said their salary had been affected as a 
result of the pandemic.

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How has COVID-19
affected career


According to our findings, 56% of 
professionals have changed their career 
priorities as a result of COVID-19.

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How has COVID-19

Why were mature professionals more 
likely to have low career expectations 
for 2021?

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To gather the findings included in this report, The Pay Index ran two unincentivised surveys, one in March 2020 and another in March 2021.

The first survey in March 2020 received 1,322 responses.

The second survey in March 2021 received 606 responses.

The surveys were promoted using a variety of platforms to broaden the spectrum of respondents, including email marketing, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Each respondent maintained complete anonymity throughout the process. The only identifiable piece of data we hold is the optional inclusion of an individual's email address, only if they wished to be notified about the survey's findings.

A copy of both sets of survey questions can be provided upon request.


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