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Impact of COVID-19 on employees in Indonesia, May 2020

Investing in Women

2020

Indonesia

Fact Sheet

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Women's economic empowerment Workplace Gender Equality covid-19

Impact of COVID-19 on employees in Indonesia, May 2020

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.

Key Findings

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.

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