Protocol | Workplace Tech Employee Survey

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Protocol | Workplace and Morning Consult polled 750 tech workers on the workplace issues that matter.

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The tech world is going back to work, but it's not going back to normal. There are new ways of working, new tools, new skills, new regulations — and newly empowered employees.

Protocol | Workplace, in partnership with polling organization Morning Consult, polled a national sample of 750 technology industry workers to find out what tech workers think of all this change.

Morning Consult conducted the interviews online from June 17 to July 2, 2021, and weighted the data to approximate a target sample of technology industry workers according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and based on gender and race. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Much like the tech industry, our respondents were majority male (64%), and majority white (74%, compared to 8% Hispanic, 7% Black and 13% Asian American). They skewed young, well-educated and wealthy: 47% had a salary of over $100,000, and 2% earned more than $500,000. Just 17% identified as Republicans, with 60% identifying as Democrats.

Our respondents work at tech companies of different sizes: 25% work at places with fewer than 250 employees, 32% at places with between 250 and 1,000 workers, and 43% at places with more than 1,000 employees. They have an equally diverse range of jobs, too: Of the 719 who told us their job level, 21% are assistants, 39% are managers and 19% are C-level.



Their companies work on a number of different technical problems: 27% are in Computer Systems Design Services, with Software Publishers as the next-biggest group (17%).

Interested in the full results, including more detailed demographic data? Download the report here.

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Hirsh Chitkara (@ChitkaraHirsh) is a researcher at Protocol, based out of New York City. Before joining Protocol, he worked for Business Insider Intelligence, where he wrote about Big Tech, telecoms, workplace privacy, smart cities, and geopolitics. He also worked on the Strategy & Analytics team at the Cleveland Indians.

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