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1305 people responded to our 2021 survey
Key demographics of the survey respondents:
16% have lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is a sharp increase in remote working from previous annual surveys.
42% work remotely all the time (whether full or part time). 19% work remotely some of the time. The rest work outside the home in their workplace, although around 9% work flexibly.
For those working remotely, 11% have always worked this way, 11% say it changed due to Covid, but it will remain in place. 45% say it changed due to Covid but will remain in some form, such as hybrid working, for the longer term. 33% say it may be temporary.
53% of respondents are aware of their employer implementing actions to improve diversity and inclusion within their organisations, whilst 18% don’t know, and 30% are not aware of such actions.
46% think their employer is more committed to diversity & inclusion now due to the events of the last year, whilst 8% think their employer is less committed. 45% don’t know.
Of those who think their employer is more committed to diversity & inclusion, 29% say it is more likely to make them stay with their current employer. 20% say their employer has published a gender pay audit, with only 10% of the employers publishing other kinds of pay audits, eg ethnicity/disability/LGBTQ+
24% say they are less likely to go for a promotion as a result of the pandemic. 22% are looking to change jobs due to the pandemic, and 8% are looking to change sector.
37% say that the pandemic has made them more likely to want to work remotely and 36% are more likely to want to work in a hybrid way. 73% think that there will be more flexible jobs available as a result of the pandemic, and 75% would be more likely to change jobs if there were more flexible jobs available.
43% have considered setting up their own business, but 64% say that the pandemic has made them less likely to want to work for themselves or set up their own business. 55% say this is because it is too high risk.
35% have a partner who is now looking to work more flexibly.
22% have had a flexible working request turned down. Of those who do work flexibly, 28% think that it has affected their career progression. 53% have turned down a job due to the lack of flexibility it offered them. 14% have had a flexible working arrangement which was then taken away by their employer (41% of those who had been denied flexible working left as a result). 42% have never had flexible working.