The expansion of remote work is obvious. In early 2020, the share of remote roles more than quadrupled in a few of months. Since then, that figure has more than quadrupled in comparison to pre-COVID levels and continues to rise.
Companies’ on-the-ground reports all convey the same story. According to a recent poll conducted in collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce, 36% of middle-market enterprises reported having remote employees in Q1 of 2022 who were not remote prior to COVID. Almost half of the organizations asked claimed they have permanent full-time remote alternatives, with another 42% contemplating it.
Employees are leading the effort in numerous ways. According to a GitLab poll of remote employees, one in every three respondents would quit their job if remote working was no longer a possibility, and 52% would consider leaving their co-located firm for a remote function. 80% of respondents indicated they would suggest remote work to a friend, and 82% believe it is the way of the future.
Remote employment is more than just a pandemic occurrence. It’s not going away.
Significantly, remote job benefits are not limited to “white collar” occupations. While employment that require a college degree have expanded the most (“Degree” in the figure above), jobs that do not require a college degree (“Non-Degree”) have also grown significantly.
All of this implies that no business or employee, regardless of industry, can afford to ignore remote work. Expect remote work to transform how employers hire in 2022 as it changes the interaction between employer and employee, city and suburb, and work life and home life.
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