The 2021 Pay and employment practices survey from the CIPD and IRN found that pay increases continued in 2020 despite the onset of the pandemic and associated economic adjustment from COVID-19. More than two in five organisations, 43%, had made pay increases in 2020, and a slightly lower number, 38%, planned to increase pay in 2021, though this was down to 26% for firms employing less than 50 employees.

The majority of respondents were not paying a remote working allowance, or were not planning redundancies. Businesses were somewhat prepared for the right to disconnect (46%), and the right to request remote working (48%). The survey found that the key issues emerging for two-thirds of organisations were the need to invest in company culture and responding to the demand of key personnel to work remotely in the future.

Over three quarters or organisations had changed their performance management practices to deal with remote working, particularly around goal setting and career conversations.

The survey data was collected in April/May 2021


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