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How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected STEM Pay and Job Prospects?


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The study found that the majority of STEM employees feel satisfied in their jobs and are optimistic for the coming year. On the other hand, the pandemic has hindered some peoples job plans and prospects.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic well over a year ago, industries and businesses across the board have been forced to change working practices and business models in a period of unprecedented global economic uncertainty. How has it affected those working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?

That was a key question in this year's New Scientist Jobs STEM industry survey, conducted in association with science recruitment specialists SRG. And there is good news: despite the economic setback, science industries and their employees haven't been as hard hit as might be expected, although the future remains uncertain.

More than 2,400 people from across industry and academia in Europe and North America took part in the survey. It found that despite COVID-19 uncertainties, salaries for STEM jobs in the U.K. and North America have increased on average from the previous year, while earnings for the rest of Europe excluding the U.K. are largely unchanged. The majority of STEM employees feel satisfied in their jobs and are optimistic for the coming year.

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