Is remote working here to stay? The data may surprise you





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The shift to remote and hybrid working is something that has become commonplace for many office workers. In fact, for highly in-demand skilled workers such as developers, it has become a major requirement and some are walking away from jobs that don’t give them the freedom to work where they want.

However, questions remain: is this remote working bubble bursting? And will offices return to their pre-pandemic capacity?

According to data from 50,000 of the largest employers in the US and Canada, remote working is here for the long haul.

The quarterly remote work report of the first quarter of 2022 from career platform Ladders found that a quarter (24%) of all professional jobs in the US and Canada are now permanent remote positions, with the number of positions advertised as non-working office-based rises sharply, even from the last quarter of 2021.

By the fourth quarter of 2021, three million additional news stories made the switch to permanently remote, Ladders found: an abrupt increase that researchers say “may indicate permanent change in the US.”

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The number of telecommuting roles rose sharply at the beginning of 2022

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The surge in remote functions was greater than researchers had predicted. In the fourth quarter of 2021, 18% of all professional jobs in the US and Canada were hired remotely. Ladders had estimated that this would have risen to 25% by the end of 2022.

“Even optimistic estimates did not match the rate at which remote jobs grew in the first quarter,” the report said. “The prospects for remote jobs in 2022 and beyond are positive and could exceed expectations.”

The top sectors that hired people for remote work, as a percentage of all their jobs, were business technology, hospitality and leisure, information technology and technical services

Similarly, the industries that hired least for remote work were aerospace and defense, hospitals and medical centers, and real estate and construction.

Unsurprisingly, tech jobs have played a major role in the positions most likely to be hired as remote positions, reinforcing the idea that companies need to expand their search for tech talent and take more into account flexible working due to the large size of the workforce. question.

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Tech & IT are, unsurprisingly, one of the biggest drivers of remote hiring

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Software developers, DevOps engineers, data scientists, technical support specialists, and solution architects have all played a major role in the top remote positions.

“Current trends indicate that companies seeking to retain top talent need to be aware of the remote working opportunities increasingly available to employees, and the remote working preference that has evolved during the pandemic under the North Sea. US workforce,” the report said.

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Major employers have been rushing to hire remotely for the past two years. Once again, the list was dominated by well-known technology companies such as Dell, Turing, Salesforce, Citrix, Twilio and Dropbox.

Ladders said the findings signaled a “sea change in the attitudes of hiring managers across sectors toward remote work,” which could help transform cities and small communities alike by moving high-paying tech jobs outside the walls of major cities.

The report noted that more data was needed to determine what caused the sharp upward trend in distance hiring in the first quarter of 2022, but suggested it could be due to companies coming to terms with a new work landscape shaped by the global pandemic and shifting employee expectations.

“While these ideas are speculative, they are based on the changes we see, record and analyze,” the report said.

“Regardless of individual feelings, the pandemic created a new reality that works randomly in favor of personal preferences or not.”




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