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COVID-19 Helps Searches for Remote Work Opportunities Skyrocket

  • Glassdoor analysis finds 460 percent jump in searches for remote work between June 2019 and June 2021
  • Only 3 percent of job searches specifically look for remote work, but this may underrepresent interest in the option
  • Information technology, business services, and health care lead remote work applications

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Searches for remote work opportunities have skyrocketed 460 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by the jobs site Glassdoor.

The analysis compared searches for remote work options between June 2019 and June 2021. Glassdoor said only 3 percent of all job search activity in June 2021 was for remote work, but that this might capture only a fraction of actual interest given that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 14.4 percent of people currently work from home.

Interest in remote work has eased slightly, falling 25 percent between January and June 2021. This may be due in part to more employers seeking to resume in-person operations and offering jobs aligned to this goal.

  • Nearly a quarter of remote job applications since June 2019 have been in information technology, with 11.3 percent in business services and 4.5 percent in health care
  • Those searching for human resources, graphic design, and project manager jobs are most likely to explicitly seek remote work options
  • Previous surveys have suggested that workers favor being able to work from home at least part of the week and are willing to change jobs if their current employer will not continue such arrangements

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