FlexJobs Releases 2022 Remote Work Stats & Trends Report

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Key data details remote work’s impact on professionals, businesses, and world of work

“The widespread interest and adoption of remote-friendly practices are clear signals that remote work’s lasting impact on the world of work will be felt well into 2023 and for many years to come,” said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

Over the past few years, the perception of remote work has shifted largely from a pandemic-era policy to a permanent business solution. In fact, recent FlexJobs surveys revealed that in addition to the majority of people wanting a fully remote (65 percent) or hybrid (32 percent) job, 48 percent of employers are maintaining some form of remote work moving forward. To examine remote work’s revolution and the growing interest behind it, FlexJobs has released its 2022 Remote Work Stats & Trends Report. The new report details key data and statistics on the impact and broad benefits of remote work on professionals, businesses, and the modern work landscape.

“As the research in our latest report demonstrates, the demand for remote work is strong,” said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Across industries, companies and workers have experienced the valuable benefits remote work brings. As a result, the widespread interest and adoption of remote-friendly practices are clear signals that remote work’s lasting impact on the world of work will be felt well into 2023 and for many years to come,” Sutton concluded.

In addition to outlining the current state of remote work, FlexJobs’ 2022 Remote Work Stats & Trends Report provides key insights and data to help prospective job seekers, workers, and employers better navigate an increasingly remote work landscape.

Remote Work: Key Statistics & Insights

State of Remote Work Overview

  • According to FlexJobs’ 2022 Employee Engagement Report, 48% of employers are maintaining some form of remote work for their workforce.

             -- 26% of respondents said their employer will follow a hybrid model.
             -- 22% said they’ll be allowed to work remotely.

  • FlexJobs’ 2022 Career Pulse Survey found 65% of respondents report wanting to work remotely full-time, while 32% want a hybrid work environment––that’s 97% of workers who desire some form of remote work.
  • A Gallup survey found that 8 in 10 people are working hybrid or remote while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site.
  • More companies are joining long-time remote work advocates in adopting permanent remote and hybrid workplaces.

Talent Attraction and Retention

             -- In the same survey, 77% of respondents chose remote work as the second highest compensation and benefit that was important to them.
             -- 87% of respondents stated that remote work options improved their overall work-life balance.

  • FlexJobs’ July 2022 survey found that only 3% of professionals are looking to go back into the office 100% of the time.
  • FlexJobs surveyed over 2,000 professionals in March 2022, and two of the top reasons people found a new job were lack of healthy work-life balance (49%) and no remote work options (43%).
  • FlexJobs’ 2022 Employee Engagement Report found 19% of employed professionals said that people are not complying with requests to return to the office––meaning nearly one in five are simply ignoring the requests to come back.
  • A study discussed at the 2022 Stanford University Remote Work Conference found the share of postings that say new employees can work remotely one or more days per week rose three-fold in the U.S.

Employer Benefits and Cost Savings

  • Research shows that businesses lose $600 billion a year to workplace distractions and that remote workers are 35-40% more productive than their in-office counterparts.
  • In a Mercer survey, 94% of surveyed employers reported that company productivity had been the same (67%) or higher (27%) since employees had started working from home during the pandemic.
  • A Microsoft study found nearly 90% of workers reported being productive at work in a remote or hybrid arrangement.

Remote Worker Cost Savings

Remote Work and Mental Health

             -- For those living with mental health issues, 77% stated remote or hybrid working arrangements would help them with managing their mental health better.

             -- Of those who have flexible work options, 48% say their work-life balance is excellent or very good, and 54% have the emotional support they need at work, compared to 36% and 45%, respectively, for respondents without flexible work.
             -- 76% of respondents agree workplace stress affects their mental health, leading to depression or anxiety, and 17% strongly agree.
             -- For 56%, having flexibility in their workday is overwhelmingly listed as the top way workplaces can better support employees.
                     -- Encouraging time off and offering mental health days were tied for second and third at 43%
                     -- 28% felt that increased PTO and better health insurance were the next best ways companies can provide support moving forward.

Environmental Savings

  • It’s estimated that when 3.9 million employees work from home at least half time, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 600,000 cars off the road for an entire year.
  • According to one estimate, nearly 36.2 million Americans could be working remotely by 2025, reducing commuter miles by 70 to 140 billion every year.

Remote Work’s Impact on Real Estate

             -- When asked what factors would most influence a decision to move, the reasons included better quality of life (56%), lower cost of living or housing (45%), and different climate or better weather (35%).

  • According to research by WalletHub, not all states are considered equal when it comes to working from home, with some having more favorable remote conditions than others.

             -- Based on 12 metrics, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Connecticut, and Massachusetts came out on top.

Future Projections

  • FlexJobs saw a 12% increase in remote job postings and a 52% increase in hybrid job postings from 2020 to 2021 and expects similar growth for 2021 to 2022.
  • A recent study by AT&T found the hybrid work model is expected to grow from 42% in 2021 to 81% in 2024.
  • According to FlexJobs data, the following career fields had consistently high volumes of available remote and hybrid roles in 2022 and are considered strong prospects for job seekers in 2023.

The Top Careers for Remote Jobs in 2022
1. Computer & IT
2. Marketing
3. Accounting & Finance
4. Medical & Health
5. Customer Service
6. Project Management
7. HR & Recruiting

The Top Careers for Hybrid Jobs in 2022
1. Accounting & Finance
2. Computer & IT
3. Marketing
4. Project Management
5. Sales
6. Medical & Health
7. HR & Recruiting

Please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/remote-work-statistics/ for more information* or contact Shanna Briggs at sbriggs@flexjobs.com.

*All sources linked in blog post.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading career service specializing in remote, hybrid, and flexible jobs, with over 125 million people having used its resources since 2007. FlexJobs provides the highest-quality database of vetted remote and flexible job listings, from entry-level to executive, startups to public companies, part-time to full-time. To support job seekers in all phases of their career journey, FlexJobs also offers extensive expert advice, career coaching services, webinars, and other resources. In parallel, FlexJobs works with leading companies to recruit quality remote talent and optimize their remote and flexible workplace. A trusted source for data, trends, and insight, FlexJobs has been cited extensively in top national outlets, including CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes magazine, and many more. FlexJobs also has partner sites Remote.co and Job-Hunt.org to help round out its content and job search offerings. Follow FlexJobs on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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