Remote Work Vacancies in The UK Up By 452%

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According to a research by Reed Technology, remote work job vacancies in the UK have risen by 452% since the start of the pandemic.

Findings Of The Research

Comparing the January-July period,

  • The number of remote job opportunities went up from 1% of all Reed.co.uk vacancies in 2019 to 2% in 2020.
  • These vacancies rose to 5% in 2021.
  • When compared to pre-pandemic times, this increase in 2021 is a 452% jump in remote work related job vacancies.
  • Job vacancies that mentioned hybrid or flexible working increased from 4% of all Reed.co.uk vacancies in 2019 to 5% in 2020 and 7% in 2021.
  • This is a 79% increase in job vacancies that offer hybrid or flexible work options in 2021 as compared to the pre-pandemic period.
  • Between January and July 2019, candidate applications for remote jobs accounted for 1% of the total on Reed.co.uk which increased to 5% in 2020 and 9% in 2021.
  • This accounts for a 689% increase between 2019 and 2021.
  • applications for hybrid or flexible arrangement jobs increased from 3% in 2019 to 4% in 2020 and 5% in 2021.
  • This accounts for a 106% increase in applications on Reed.co.uk for hybrid or flexible work arrangement jobs between 2019 and 2021.

“During the pandemic, we were forced into home working and everyone got a taste for it. And now we understand the benefits it has on our lives, with research from Reed.co.uk finding that people are twice as likely to apply for a role on the site if they see it is remote. We are now in a transitional period. Before, we were all forced into home working, but now we are slowly moving back to the office. At the moment companies are discovering what working arrangements suit their business. At the same time, workers are trying to find out how they fit into this new hybrid working setup and how they can balance work and life, having got used to working from home five days a week.”

Chris Adcock, Managing Director at Reed Technology

This research shows a gigantic jump in not only remote job availability but also in candidates seeking remote or flexible jobs after the pandemic. This shift means that most industries are now looking at remote or flexible work style as a default option as the demand for the same stays on the rise.

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