These numbers prove that remote working is here to stay

Remote work is now the norm folks.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – 2020 was a rollercoaster of a year. Back in March, the world as we knew it changed almost over night. The global outbreak of Covid-19 saw millions of people working from home for the first time. We downloaded Zoom, wheeled home office chairs, and got on with things – I suppose we didn’t really have a choice, did we?

At the start of the pandemic, companies were just trying to keep their heads above water for the most part. A lot of businesses introduced hiring freezes, reduced hours, and redundancies. But what’s interesting is how things have changed since, now that remote working is the new normal for so many (ourselves included). 

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Here at Jobbio, we started to spot trends around remote working and job searching, and the figures were very interesting. 

In 2020, there were 10 times more searches for remote jobs on Jobbio versus same period in 2019. So essentially, an increase of 1000%. Pretty astonishing. This is an interesting one, as it seems talent are now more inclined to solely seek out remote work, as they have become accustomed to this new way of life. It would lead you to believe that moving forward into a post-covid world, when things return to what they once were, we will see an incredible increase in remote work. 

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Going hand in hand with the above fact is that of actual jobs being posted directly to Jobbio. We’ve seen a 458% increase in remote jobs being posted in 2020 versus the same period in 2019. Yep, four times as many remote jobs have gone up this year, compared to last year. This is a trend we expect will stick around. At this stage, most people have a comfortable working-from-home setup, so why bother changing that? We’ve learned how to work efficiently and effectively from home. 

It hasn’t just been about the number of people searching, or the number of remote jobs actually available at any given time. A more general interest in the life of a remote worker is one that can’t be denied. We have seen this through our own blog, where eight of our top 10 most read articles of 2020 have been about remote working – either remote jobs, tips about working from home, or the knock on effects of working from home. It’s a topic people are interested in! 

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So what do you reckon? Is remote work here for the long term? Or will this all be a distant memory by 2022? 

Let us know your thoughts!

Author Rebecca O'Keeffe

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