Workloads rise in tech – April 2021

We’ve recently launched The Harvey Nash Group Technology & Talent Study 2021, which found that despite salaries rising for over a third of IT professionals, the pandemic has forced tech workers across the world to do more for their money, with over half (55%) reporting that their workloads have increased at the same time as around two thirds (64%) have either experienced pay freezes (48%), or a reduction in pay (16%).

Preliminary findings from the study had been released during March to coincide with International Women’s Day and ONS figures on jobs, and with pieces from the main launch in Computer Weekly, TechRepublic, Information Age, IT Pro Portal, UK Tech News, and Tech-Monitor, in total we have achieved over 20 pieces of coverage for the study.

The study also found that heavier workloads carried out remotely have had a negative impact on mental health with three quarters (75%) more tech workers reporting that they are presently concerned about the state of their mental health due to working pressures compared to last year.

The Harvey Nash Group Technology & Talent Study 2021, which is based on responses from over 1,700 tech professionals globally, also found that the three tech roles to see workloads increase the most during the pandemic have been: Development Management/Team Leadership (69%), CIOs/CTOs and VPs of IT (66%), and those working in IT operations (64%).

Bev White, Chief Executive, Harvey Nash Group, said on the launch day:

“Technology professionals have played a key role throughout the pandemic, supporting organisations in the massive push for home working and helping them adapt their business models in response to the crisis. But it’s been quite a journey. There have been long days, rising workloads and rapidly changing objectives. It’s no wonder that mental health is struggling.

This was already an issue before the crisis, but there are clear signs it’s getting worse. It’s certainly encouraging that more organisations now have support measures in place, but there is undoubtedly further to go. The remote world post-Covid needs new models of employer care and support – the organisations that do best in this will create a significant advantage in attracting and retaining tech talent.”