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Exploring global salary trends among scientists

The brief

For the last few years, the Nature careers team has run a biennial salary survey. The survey seeks to identify global trends related to income, job benefits and career satisfaction amongst scientists. The 2018 survey sought to incorporate emerging themes that reflect current environmental challenges and trends – including mental health and workplace discrimination.

Our approach and methodology
  • Shift Learning developed an online survey in collaboration with Nature.
  • The survey was sent to their database and subscribers via a range of different channels, generating a usable global sample of 4,334.
  • The survey enabled us to conduct a Key Driver Analysis – exploring which factors drive overall job satisfaction amongst employees.
Delivering results and value to our client

We gave Nature a wealth of deliverables, which they were able to utilise for publishing material:

  • A visually engaging report in PDF format that detailed the key headlines from the research. Trends were explored in relation to key demographics.
  • A full, anonymised dataset of responses and summary analysis tables in Excel.
  • A technical report detailing the data processing and analysis steps.
  • Access to Q Reader – quantitative analysis software – to further explore data in a more flexible and in-depth way, with support on how to use it.
  • A presentation of findings to the leadership team at Springer Nature’s offices.