In many countries, there is now no legal requirement on offices to continue working from home. But COVID-19 has disrupted our lives for over 18 months now and some industries seem unwilling to return to office normality.
For some, remote working has been a breath of fresh air. It allows for a greater work-life balance, less commuter stress, and more financial security for employees. Some employers believe this results in an increased level of productivity.
While other employers may disagree, the fact is some industries are being pressured into offering remote positions even in a post-COVID world. If you don’t offer it, your competitors will!
Here at Exclaimer, we’ve taken a look at which industries are most likely to go fully remote post COVID-19. We’ve analyzed millions of job adverts across all industries to identify how many are offering remote roles and how much they are willing to pay to keep remote workers happy.
So, if you appear in the industries below, you might want to start considering offering your employees the option of remote work. Otherwise, you could be in a position whereby you lose out on your best talent to your competitors.
The UK industries most likely to go remote post COVID-19
Technology is most likely to offer fully remote roles after COVID-19, with 19.5% of all roles advertised as remote. Architecture, Media, Marketing and PR make up the rest of the top 5.
There are some mixed views within the technology sector though. Recently, Amazon have said they plan on returning to an “office-centric culture as our baseline”. On the other hand, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said last year that all his employees can work from home “forever”.
If we look at which sectors are paying the most for remote work though it shows a different picture.
Interestingly, it’s the sectors that have a very low number of roles in the first place that are offering the big salaries for remote workers. Just 1.3% of current jobs advertised under ‘Construction & Extraction’ are remote, but 31% of these are offering six figure salaries with the majority being remote manager roles.
The U.S. industries most likely to go remote post COVID-19
Across the pond, these are the U.S. industries most likely to go fully remote post COVID-19. Real Estate beats the likes of technology to the top spot in the U.S., with 32% of jobs advertised offering remote positions. Undeniably though, it’s technology that is allowing the real estate industry to change its proceedings with virtual viewings, electronic signatures and digital referencing becoming the norm.
Banking is willing to pay the most to remote workers, with 84.9% of 20,107 positions analyzed offering a six-figure salary.
IT, Engineering, Technology and Real Estate also offer lucrative remote roles.
The truth is remote working (or at the minimum flexible working) is becoming an increasingly enticing proposition for your employees due in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If your sector offers a lot of remote work, then you need to start considering whether it’s time your company does too. Otherwise, you might risk losing out on the best talent.
Remote working is also widely affecting business email usage. There are reports that there could now be over 380 billion emails sent daily by 2025. As a result, regardless of sector, employers need to ensure that their employees are sending the best impression remotely.
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Exclaimer scraped over 1 million UK job adverts from Indeed across over 40 industries. While the analysis team also scraped 9.8 million U.S. adverts from Indeed over the same 40 industries.
Each job advert was identified for its advertisement of remote work and the number of positions including a six-figure salary.
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