Most U.S. Professionals To Go Fully Remote By 2026

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According to a survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers, 40.7 million Americans plan to work fully remotely by 2026.

More than half of businesses say that because of remote work, they’re now more willing than before to use freelancers.

According to another research, there will be 86.5 million freelancers by 2027, making up 50% of the total workforce, as per Statista data.

The freelancing boom could sever relationships between employers and workers, causing major shifts in the labor market. Companies will have more flexibility in terms of hiring but fewer employees with long-term experience in their business.

According to the Upwork report, remote work has improved collaboration. The widespread use of video communication via Zoom has made it easier for businesses to hire workers from around the world.

“Already, the data is showing spillovers in management practices and signs that businesses are increasingly able to collaborate with those outside the firm with greater ease. While much remains to be seen, the case for remote work as a driver of productivity going forward is strong.”

Adam Ozimek, Chief Economist, UpWork

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