Impact of COVID-19 on employees in Indonesia, May 2020
The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment and Investing in Women commissioned a survey of 300 men and 300 women employees, aged 18 to 60, from large private sector firms. The aim of the survey was to understand impacts of COVID-19 on the work and personal lives of employees.
This fact sheet provides findings around impacts of Covid-19 on employment, productivity, income, household responsibilities, and mental and physical health in Indonesia.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on employment in Indonesia:
- A majority of employees reported their hours and pay reduced, their pay cut, or their job suspended until further notice. Less than 45% of employees could report that COVID-19 had no impact on their job.
- A total of 6 out of 10 families lost income.
- Around 40% of employees were working from home.
However, nearly 80% of employees reported they were able to be equally or more productive during the crisis. Only a quarter of men and 17% of women reported they were less productive due to COVID-19.
Overall, more than half of respondents felt pressure to do more household work and child care. Both women and men reported increased time spent on housework during COVID-19. Importantly, 36% of respondents reported feeling that COVID-19 had a negative impact on their mental well-being, and nearly a quarter of respondents reported that COVID-19 had a negative impact on their physical well-being.
Learn more about COVID-19 and women’s economic empowerment (WEE) on the COVID-19 & WEE resource section.