Are tech workers paid enough? What do IT leaders think are the benefits and risks of remote workers? Results from two different surveys provide insight into workforce happiness, security and benefits.
A survey, which ran March 14 to March 22, 2019, of 10,563 users of San Francisco-based Blind, an anonymous social network with a large user base of tech professionals from companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Uber, Intel, Apple, LinkedIn and Salesforce, revealed that 55.8% tech professionals feel undervalued.
Blind reported, “Tech workers are often paid more than the general population. It’s not unheard of for software engineers and other tech employees to make six figures and receive large signing bonuses. This made us wonder how satisfied tech employees are with their total compensation.” The survey of its community of tech workers on the Blind app asked users to answer “true” or “false” to: “I am paid far less than the value I create.”
Blind also broke down the results by companies with at least 100 unique employee responses:
- Uber led with 60.68% of employees answering true.
- Rounding out the top three were LinkedIn (60.53%) and Intel (59.09%).
- Facebook had the lowest percentage of employees answering true (31%).
- The two other companies with the lowest percentage of employees answering with true are eBay (44.64%) and PayPal (46%).
In a separate survey, Pleasanton, Calif-based OpenVPN, which provides virtual private network solutions, surveyed 250 IT leaders, from the manager level through the C-suite, to understand their views on the potential of remote work and the quality of their organization’s security policies surrounding remote workers.
OpenVPN found remote jobs offers benefits across the workplace. Eighty-two percent of telecommuters reported less stress and 30% said it allowed them to accomplish more work in less time. The study also discovered remote work allows enterprise leaders to cut overhead expenses that come with sustaining a fully in-person workforce. The average business could save $11,000 per remote worker per year.
However, with so many employees out of physical reach of leadership — potentially working on public Wi-Fi and personal devices — there is too much room for new security vulnerabilities.
Overwhelmingly, IT professionals appreciate remote work is here to stay, even if they’re unyielding that remote workers generate risk. When asked whether the benefits of remote work outweigh the risks, 92% said they believe they do.