Zoe Woolacott | 17 Nov 2020

What happens to pay in a pandemic?

Following the success of our 'what happens to pay in a pandemic?' series, Incomes Data Research (IDR) has been asked by the  Office of Manpower Economics (OME) to examine how the coronavirus pandemic and associated UK recession is affecting employers' pay and reward strategies. 

The OME provides an independent secretariat to eight Pay Review Bodies which make recommendations impacting pay for 2.5 million public sector workers, including teachers, nurses, doctors, police and prison officers, with a pay bill of £100 billion. The OME would like to understand pay trends in the private and third sectors in order to be able to inform Review Body decisions and recommendations. This is especially important at a time of great economic and health uncertainty, and we trust you will be able to contribute to this understanding.

Our earlier research examined employers' initial responses to the pandemic in terms of pay decisions, take-up of the furlough scheme and arrangements for resuming work, among other areas. This survey asks your approach to this and next years' pay reviews, changes to pay and reward in light of the changing landscape for pay and longer-term pay and workforce strategies. 

We will also be conducting further research on this topic in March 2021 to capture developments as they evolve. We hope you will take part in both this and future iterations so that we can produce a longer-term view of developments. 

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and the information you provide will be used to compile an analysis of the unfolding picture. As a thank-you for taking part, participants will receive summary information and findings in January 2021. This will provide you with valuable insight into how other companies are managing reward in these difficult times. 

The survey will remain open until 5pm Friday 11 December 2020.

If you have any queries, please contact us by email at zoewoolacott@incomesdataresearch.co.uk 


Thank you for your help with this research.