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Are Tech Salaries Being Affected By Remote Work During The Covid-19 Pandemic?

Working in the tech industry is all the rage these days. People from different walks of life are learning coding and other computational skills just so that they can have a slice of the international tech cake. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, tech-related jobs have been among the few that have surged in demand. This is because every other industry depends on the tech industry for innovations that will keep them relevant. Since tech workers deal with codes and computers, they can work remotely from any part of the world. The coronavirus has affected tech salaries negatively or positively depending on the organization in question. 

Working From Home Vs. Working in an Office 

As stated above, tech workers were able to work from home effectively for safety reasons. Unlike other jobs that require hands-on attention, tech workers can work from home for years and still do a great job. While most of these workers reportedly made more money during the pandemic, those who decided to relocate from Silicon Valley and other major cities faced salary cuts. 

Silicon Valley is the hub of technology in the United States. The highest-paid tech experts in the world set their roots in this hub. With high salaries comes an even higher cost of living. So, as the pandemic started and workers were asked to work from home, many of them decided to use this opportunity to relocate to more affordable cities within the country. After all, they can work from home and anywhere else for that matter. 

The tech companies aren’t allowing people to relocate without consequences. Many companies have decided to cut the salaries of all tech gurus who decide to relocate. If you’re no longer staying in Silicon Valley, you shouldn’t earn like a Valley expert. The pay cuts range from 5 to 20 percent depending on the company in question and the choice of relocation. Still, the option to either work from home or work in an office after the pandemic ends will most likely be left to the workers. A significant percentage of these workers have said that they will like to keep working remotely indefinitely. Still, many workers prefer working from an office to working from home despite the numerous advantages of remote work. 

Salary Rises Might be in the Pipeline for Some Tech Experts 

While some tech workers are facing pay cuts because of their choice to relocate to more affordable locations, some others are expecting a salary surge of up to 10 percent. A few experts have already started enjoying the salary increase. However, there is still a significant disparity in salaries based on race. Reports from Hired revealed that Black tech experts earn way less ($10,000 less on average) than any other race in the industry, Covid-19 or not. 

In the United States, there have been several initiatives aimed at bridging the gap and promoting inclusion in the tech industry. However, these initiatives are yet to yield meaningful results. Latinos also earn less than white tech workers. This doesn’t mean that they are less skilled though.

Tech Salaries Before and After the Covid-19 Pandemic 

Before the pandemic started, tech experts around the world earned an average of $130,000, while experts in the United States earned about $146,000 yearly. In the wake of the pandemic, Silicon Valley continued to pay out the highest-tech salary, which was above $155,000 annually. This indicates a 7 percent disparity compared to other states. 

Tech workers in healthcare have reported a surge in salaries. They earn over $151, 000 in the United States. During the pandemic, their salaries increased significantly as the demand for healthcare-related tech experts surged. It’s not clear if the salaries will keep rising, start falling, or normalize afterward. 

Conclusion 

Salary slash or not, tech-related careers are still the way to go. Whether you’re a newbie or a professional with years of experience, you are going to earn a lot more as a tech expert than you would if you were doing something else. Another great thing about tech jobs is that you will have many opportunities to grow. If you have a creative mind, getting a venture capitalist to fund your web development project will not be too difficult. Give yourself a few years of honest hard work and you’ll be one of the big tech gurus. 

Effects of CoronaVirus on Tech Companies

Coronavirus have affected the tech industry in a big way.

China being the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, computers and televisions, with over $2.01 trillion. This is followed by the United States ($1.867 trillion), Japan ($1.063 trillion), Germany ($700 billion), and South Korea ($372 billion).

Productivity have been affected greatly as offices and factories have halted operations across the nation. Below is a photo provided by Chen Yanxi, a nearly-deserted expressway is seen in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Analyst say that the global tech supply could be greatly affected, depending on how quickly the virus will continue to spread. Supply-chain analytics provider TrendForce has provided a report assessing the likely impact of the 2019-nCoV outbreak on tech manufacturing.

Smartphones, monitors, Tvs, Video Game Consoles, Smart Speakers and Automobiles production is projected to decline.

Coronavirus has infected more than 75,000 people since it was first reported in late 2019, resulting in at least 2000 deaths. Below is its comparison with previous global outbreaks.

Many tech companies, like Facebook, Apple, Google, Foxconn, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft have been affected by this outbreak.

Facebook

Although Facebook does not have offices in China, it also warned employees against nonessential travels to the country. Facebook have also halted taking new orders for its latest Oculus Quest VR handset, citing the outbreak of Corona Virus for the delay.

Facebook have also canceled a marketing summit scheduled for early March, which was expected to draw 4,000 people. “Our priority is the health and safety of our teams, so out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison. The cancellation was earlier reported by Reuters

Google

Google announced on January 29, that its temporary shutting down all its offices in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to health threat. The search giant has also placed business travel restrictions to China and Hong Kong.

Google has also told its employees in china and those with immediate family members returning from china to from home for at least 14 days. Google mainly focuses on sales and engineering in china for its advertising business.

Google also have a strong presence in China with regards to its hardware efforts, as many Google product teams responsible for devices like Pixel phones and Google Home speakers work with Chinese suppliers and factories for manufacturing.

Apple                                                                                

On February 17, 2020, Apple said it would miss its quarterly revenue guidance because of the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19. Apple has also temporarily shut down its corporate offices and contact centers in China. All six Apple stores are open in Hong Kong, and also its online store in china remains open.

Apple does not only have suppliers in Wuhan area, but also has alternative sources for the components they provide. The company said that its working on mitigation plans to make up any expected production loss.

Foxconn

Foxconn, has told its employees not to come back to work at its offices in Shenzhen, China, until further notice. The iPhone manufacturer is now working “to safeguard everyone’s health and safety and comply with government virus prevention measures,” Bloomberg reported Feb. 7, citing an internal memo. 

“We urge you not to return to Shenzhen,” Foxconn reportedly said in a text message to employees. Foxconn didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Airbnb

Airbnb  said it would offer guests and hosts affected by coronavirus a chance to cancel reservations without penalty. The policy applies to hosts or guests in Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, with reservations upto April 1 2020, as well as any guests already staying in Hubei. 

Uber

Bloomberg reported that Uber temporarily deactivated 240 customer accounts in Mexico to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Uber said it suspended customers who had traveled with two drivers who had suspected contact with the coronavirus. The country’s health officials confirmed an Uber driver had given a ride to a passenger from Los Angeles who was infected with the virus, based on information from US health officials. The man spent two days in Mexico City, but didn’t display symptoms until returning to the US, according to La Silla Rota.

Alibaba

Alibaba says virus is changing buying patterns: Food delivery is up, clothing and electronics are going down.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. cautioned that the coronavirus responsible for killing more than 1,300 people in China is exerting a huge impact on the country’s consumers and merchants, and will hurt its revenue growth in the current quarter.

Alibaba, the first major Chinese technology corporation to report results since the epidemic emerged in January, said the virus is undermining production in the economy because many workers can’t get to or perform their jobs. It has also changed buying patterns with consumers pulling back on discretionary spending, including travel and restaurants.

Aljazeera reported that the Chinese e-commerce giant made the comments after reporting strong financial results for the quarter that ended in December. Revenue surged a better-than-expected 38% to 161.5 billion yuan ($23.1 billion), while net income rose 58% to 52.3 billion yuan.

Many merchants that work with the company have not been able to return to normal operations because of a shortage of employees. Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares slid as much as 2.4% Thursday morning.

Now remote work apps are such as DingTalk, Lark and WeChat Work having a boom as millions are confined to working from home.

The online education sector is experiencing a similar uptick as schools nationwide are suspended, according to data from research firm Sensor Tower.

Rankings of downloads compiled by Sensor Tower show that all three apps experienced significant year-over-year growth in downloads from January 22 through February 20, though their user bases vary greatly:

DingTalk: 1,446%

Lark:  6,085%

WeChat Work: 572%

These are just some of the ways Corona Virus have affected Tech companies all over the world.