Startups – Early insights from Movemeon’s latest report

Startups – Early insights from Movemeon’s latest report

Our 2021 work and pay report, Understanding the Impact of COVID-19, is out. It is based on more than 35,000 data points, combining proprietary data from with a survey of our candidate community of 50,000 strategy and commercial professionals.

To receive the full report, click here.

1. PER HOUR PAY for each industry 

The large number of hours worked means startups are better paid per hour than consulting, which is the lowest-paid industry when analysed from a ‘pay per hour’ perspective. 

At Manager level, the pay per hour for startups is £44/hour vs Consultancies £45/hour.


Startups offer the highest level of equity on most levels of seniority, while high bonuses mean that the share of base salaries as a percentage of total compensation is lowest in PE/VC companies.

At Associate level, the salary constitutes 87% of the package and at Manager level, it constitutes 86%. For Director level, the package is split up as 73% salary, 7% bonus, 2% pension and 18% in equity.

salary breakdown


Around a fifth of all corporates, consultancies and startups have taken government support during the pandemic. At the same time, startups gave pay rises to about half of their employees (45%). 

The seniority with the most pay rises was Associate (13%), then Director (12%) then Manager (10%).

4. PAY EXPECTATIONS – employers vs candidates

The gap decreases between salary advertised and candidate expectations with seniority. For all levels of seniority, the gap between expectation and reality has become a lot narrower in 2020 – overall more than a third of the gap has disappeared. This points to a softer labour market in which the balance of power has somewhat shifted to employers because of the Pandemic.

The differential between candidate and employer expectations is greatest for startups at 23%.


The gender pay gap exists and is substantial across all levels of seniority, though it’s particularly pronounced at Director level with 23%. Half of this gap comes from bonuses, which are significantly lower for women than for men.

In our data and as shown in other research too, the gender pay gap is persistent and hasn’t changed much over the years (25% in 2018, 19% in 2019 and 22% in 2020).

Request your free copy of the full report here.

Want to better understand your pay, progression and hours? That’s what we have created Payspective for.

At Movemeon, we connect (ex) consultants and freelancers with job opportunities, advice & events. Register now to view and apply to jobs, for insider advice & networking/industry events.


Movemeon - The world’s leading community of consultants, alumni and commercial professionals. Founded by two ex-McKinsey Consultants, Nick Patterson & Rich Rosser.
5 1 vote
Article Rating

Related articles