Remote Work Amid COVID-19: Virtual Vocations Releases New Survey Results

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A new report from Virtual Vocations reveals how jobseekers are approaching remote work in the midst of a global public health crisis.

Virtual Vocations' 2020 Temperature of Telecommuting Survey asked jobseekers to share whether they’d be interested in making a career transition if it meant they could work from home permanently.

“We wanted to learn more about the immediate needs of U.S. professionals, if the novel coronavirus outbreak impacted their careers, and how they view remote work in light of current job outlooks.” —Virtual Vocations CEO and co-founder Laura Spawn

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted jobseekers’ feelings about remote work? New survey results from one of the web’s leading remote job boards provide a glimpse into the answer.

Since 2007, Virtual Vocations has connected jobseekers with legitimate, hand-screened remote job openings—and for the last five years, the company has celebrated Remote Work Week during the third week of March.

Thanks to the pandemic, that celebration looked a little different this year.

“The state of the U.S. job market shifted drastically in March 2020,” said Virtual Vocations CEO and co-founder Laura Spawn. “Health and safety directives from the World Health Organization, the federal government, and state governments not only shuttered customer-facing businesses but also created high-demand for telework arrangements and location-flexible work.”

In addition to sharing expert advice throughout Remote Work Week and providing resources to both employers and employees who were in the midst of a transition to telecommuting, Virtual Vocations conducted a survey of its members from March 23–27, 2020, in hopes of gaining insight into how they viewed remote work, particularly in light of shifting work arrangements.

“At Virtual Vocations, we wanted to learn more about the immediate needs of U.S. professionals, if the novel coronavirus outbreak impacted their careers, and how they view remote work in light of current job outlooks,” Spawn said.

Now, the results are in.

In a report released Monday, Virtual Vocations highlighted key findings from its 2020 Temperature of Telecommuting Survey, which asked jobseekers to share their experiences with and attitudes toward remote work, including whether they’d be interested in making a career transition if it meant they’d be able to work from home permanently.

Only 3.95% of respondents ruled the idea out entirely.

Virtual Vocations also found that over 75% of its Remote Work Week Survey respondents had at least some telecommuting experience. Meanwhile, 17.08% reported that they’re working remotely for the first time due to the pandemic.

As for what they think about the practice, nearly 60% of jobseekers who responded to Virtual Vocations’ survey said they “love telecommuting,” and another 32.35% said they enjoy both working remotely and in-house.

According to Spawn, these statistics will help the company “to develop better telecommuting guidance and resources to assist jobseekers.”

To learn more about Virtual Vocations or view the full results of the company’s 2020 Remote Work Week Survey, visit https://www.virtualvocations.com/blog/telecommuting-news/2020-remote-work-week-survey-results-new-jobseeker-statistics/.

ABOUT VIRTUAL VOCATIONS
Founded in 2007 by CEO Laura Spawn and her brother, CTO Adam Stevenson, Virtual Vocations is a small company with a big mission: to connect jobseekers with legitimate remote job openings. To date, Virtual Vocations has helped more than two million jobseekers in their quests for flexible, remote work.

In addition to providing a database that houses more than 20,000 current, hand-screened remote job openings at any given time, Virtual Vocations offers jobseekers a number of tools to aid in their job searches, including exclusive e-courses and downloadable content, and resumé writing services. Virtual Vocations also releases several data-driven reports each year on current trends in remote work.

Virtual Vocations, Inc. is a private, family-owned, and 100% virtual company incorporated in Tucson, Arizona.

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1 (800) 379-5092 ext. 703
VirtualVocations.com

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