We might not have seen the end of the remote work revolution just yet.
New data from LinkedIn shows the number of new job postings offering remote work is on the rise.
As employers scramble to hire in a booming job market as COVID-19 restrictions lift in Europe and U.S., demand for the best talent has seen many turn to remote work to attract applicants.
The share of remote jobs by industry ranges from five to 19 times the levels seen in June 2020 as employers embrace the greater flexibility candidates enjoy.
LinkedIn’s UK Workforce Report also shows that industries that had low levels of remote jobs one year ago, such as Retail, Transportation & Logistics, experienced double-digit increases in home work offerings of 11.6X and 18.5X respectively.
Remote job boom
Becky Schnauffer, Senior Director at LinkedIn, said: “Job adverts for remote roles are booming – a signal that a more flexible approach to work is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
“This is a seismic shift in the way companies operate as they reconsider the purpose of the office and the distribution of their workforce. Remote roles will create new opportunities for a wealth of people, particularly those with care-giving responsibilities, additional needs or people who simply cannot afford to live near office locations.
“The challenge now for HR and leadership teams is to create a system that works for all employees – keeping people engaged, connected, and included regardless of their location.”
Additional research from LinkedIn finds that 38% of UK workers would prefer to work remotely full-time in the future, while 49% prefer hybrid working, and 12% want to work full-time from the office.
Industries that already had a relatively higher share of remote jobs in June 2020, such as Software & IT and Corporate, continue to invest in remote positions, seeing an increase ranging from 5.5X to 6.5X.
The Software & IT sector in particular appears to be embracing remote work long-term, with more than one in five jobs advertised in June as remote positions.
For industries like Healthcare, Finance, Hardware & Networking and Legal, now one in ten advertised positions in June were for remote posts.
For businesses struggling to hire or attract the top talent, adding flexibility in their package to compete could be become key.