Produced in association with New Scientist Jobs
Manchester, UK - 22 April 2021
Despite the ongoing turbulence of a global pandemic, careers in STEM remain resilient. According to the 2021 STEM Survey – produced by New Scientist in association with the specialist STEM recruiter, SRG – salaries in the UK and the US are up from the previous year, while those in Europe remain largely the same.
The survey, published this week, looks at the STEM workforce in the UK, US, and Europe and explores how individuals feel about salaries, the impact of COVID-19, employee engagement, and discrimination and harassment in the sector. It also gives insights into all-important salary figures and how organisations can get the most out of the job market.
More than 2,400 people working across a spectrum of roles in STEM participated. The majority were in the UK, but numerous other European nations were also surveyed. For the first time, the annual report surveyed the United States, with most respondents coming from the STEM hotbed of California.
The pandemic did not diminish job satisfaction among workforces, with the vast majority of employees feeling not only fulfilled in their jobs, but sufficiently content with how their employer dealt with potential changes to their work dynamic and structure brought on by COVID-19. The pandemic has also affected people’s motivation to move out of their current role, as the lack of certainty and job security in this new context has deterred STEM workers from job hunts that were otherwise likely to have taken place.
Kelly Morton, STEM Portfolio CEO at the Impellam Group:
"The past twelve months have been, without doubt, some of the most challenging experienced by many industries, for both organisations and the people that make them successful.
"This report shows just how resilient the STEM sectors are, with the majority of businesses adopting new ways of working while ensuring the well-being of their people. The equality, diversity and inclusion agenda, skills gap and drivers of employer brand proposition all require careful attention to ensure we continue to move forward. Our report looks at these issues and will hopefully help organisations gain a better understanding of how they can adapt to the changing landscapes and trends to help them increase their talent pipeline and networks."
As a global STEM network with over thirty years of experience, SRG applies specialist knowledge and expertise to a full spectrum of roles and talent solutions. SRG covers the whole product life cycle, from scientific research and technology, clinical trials, manufacturing, and engineering disciplines to market.
With its talent-first recruitment network, SRG focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and candidates to help them reach their potential. SRG believes in thinking bigger to go further.
SRG is part of Impellam Group, the second-largest staffing company in the UK and sixth-largest managed service provider worldwide. Its vision is to become the world’s most trusted staffing company.
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