The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) published a new analysis of the job market.
The study looked at 12 million job advertisements spanning from 2015 to 2022. They found an escalation in the demand for interpersonal skills, particularly in work-from-home jobs.
Jobs offering remote work were 1.2 times more likely to require interpersonal skills in contrast to those mandating face-to-face interaction.
This data changes the common belief that remote work caters to introverts.
The findings suggest working from home requires strong communication and collaboration abilities.
The study also found a rise in the demand for digital skills. In contrast, demand for analytical skills stayed the same, and manual labor skills had a decline in several occupations.
There’s also a rising concern that remote workers may suffer from layoffs or be construed as less productive than their office-bound counterparts.