Remote working jobs in UK triple during Covid-19 pandemic

In November last year, about 80,700 jobs allowing remote working were advertised, a big jump from 26,600 in November 2019, recruiters New Street Consulting Group

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 20 January 2021 16:24

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New data has revealed that the number of roles that allowed for remote working tripled in 2020 and companies were more open to the idea of letting employees work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data revealed.

In November last year, about 80,700 jobs allowing remote working were advertised, a big jump from 26,600 in November 2019, recruiters New Street Consulting Group said. It remains unclear if these jobs will continue to offer remote working once restrictions ease and offices open.

Official data showed 547,000 job vacancies in Britain in the three months to November, down almost a third on a year earlier. T

echnology expert Sridhar Iyengar, MD, Zoho Europe, told The Commentator: “It's no surprise to see that the number of roles offering remote working tripled in the UK last year. More so than ever before, employers must be agile in switching between home and remote working because even once the lockdown restrictions start to ease, we may still be advised to continue with home working where possible. Therefore, even beyond the coronavirus pandemic, employers need to be sure they have the right tools to enable a hybrid combination of remote and office-based working.

Iyengar added, “In addition, many businesses have performed very well under new remote working guidelines, with employers welcoming low-overheads and improved workplace efficiency, whilst some employees prefer the flexibility and living situation enabled by home-working.

“Therefore, even after the pandemic, we are likely to see thousands of businesses maintain a remote or hybrid working structure for the indefinite future. Consequently, it’s imperative for business decision makers to equip IT teams with better long-term solutions to surging demand for their services. This includes adopting a scalable suite of SaaS applications, which are designed to enable and streamline head-to-toe remote working.

“Technology can be flexible, and will importantly allow workplaces and employees to continue to adapt to rapidly changing trends in business operations, such as changes in physical space structures such as hub-and-spoke offices with more focus on developing office space outside of the traditional city centre settings, cloud-based HR and online performance assessments, and an uptake in remote hiring, all of which we can expect to see emerging as new trends this year and beyond.”

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