Remote jobs jump 457%, according to LinkedIn
It now appears that the bosses are also boarding the work-from-home train.
Job site LinkedIn reported that jobs seeking remote workers have more than quadrupled compared to the same period last year.
A LinkedIn chart shows that in some industries, remote work posts increased more than 10 times the number of posts compared to the same period last year.
“It is indicative of what we are seeing in the midst of the pandemic and the post-pandemic,” said Molly Galloway, human resources consultant for the nonprofit Catapult.
She said the huge 457% increase in remote job postings from last year reported by LinkedIn comes as no surprise to her.
Companies are realizing that allowing certain employees to work remotely is seen by some candidates as an advantage, she said.
Of those who responded to an ABC11 Facebook poll on Thursday, 75% said they would rather work from home than be in the office.
So they see it as a big advantage.
âWe haven’t claimed it as much as an advantage in the past,â said Galloway. “And now both an employer is interested in offering it and the employees are asking for it and almost expecting it.”
But it’s a two-way street, according to Galloway, who said remote working can also be a boon for employers.
They may be able to save money by renting office space in the future.
And their pool of candidates can increase dramatically when they offer remote work.
âWe’ve seen a lot of organizations looking for a specific skill set that may or may not be in your backyard. And if this is a job that can be done remotely, you may be able to attract talent from another part of the country or even the world, âsaid Galloway.
It can also save on moving costs.
But Galloway said the learning curve is still steep.
And once people can return to the office en masse, it can be difficult to decide which jobs can be done remotely only, which needs to be in person only, and which can be a hybrid of the two.
âThe trick is for all organizations to find the right balance between the personal connections that come from being together versus always being apart,â Galloway warned.
Yet, she said, remote working is likely to play a major role in business across the world from now on.
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