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Impact of COVID-19 on private sector employees in Indonesia – update

Impact of COVID-19 on private sector employees in Indonesia – update

The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment and Investing in Women commissioned surveys of 300 men and 300 women employees, aged 18 to 60, from large private sector firms in Indonesia. Following the first survey in May 2020, which examined the initial impacts of COVID-19 on employees, the repeat survey in December 2020 sought to understand how the pandemic was affecting employees after almost a year of living with COVID-19.

Key findings

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on private sector employees in Indonesia:

  • Workers’ productivity has continued to recover since the early impacts of the pandemic. However, in the December 2020 survey, 13% of workers still reported lower productivity compared with the pre-pandemic situation, and 54% were considering working less, as a result of the negative impacts they have experienced
  • More than a third of workers (38%) reported worse mental well-being, a slight increase between surveys, and
    23% reported worse physical well-being, a slight decrease. Older workers reported more resilient mental and physical health than younger employees.
  • Employees attributed these negative impacts mostly to anxiety about the situation, financial and family concerns, and exhaustion from increased domestic burdens.
  • The majority of women (90%) and men (81%) reported having more responsibility at home, for housework
    and/or caring for children and other relatives.
  • Despite some improvement between surveys, 43% of workers are still receiving lower pay. Lower-income and less senior workers are more likely to suffer losses in income.
  • Almost all impacts of COVID-19 are worse for service sector workers, particularly hotel and restaurant workers, whose businesses have been most affected by lockdowns.
  • However, four in five employees reported that COVID-19 has also brought positive changes to their work life. Access to flexible work arrangements was reported by 54% of women and 49% of men as the most popular positive change
  • In this survey, women and men reported that COVID-19 has affected them in similar ways, although women’s physical well-being has been more impacted due to exhaustion from increased domestic burdens.

Want to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on employees in Indonesia? Download the fact sheets.

You can also download the fact sheets for Vietnam and the Philippines.

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