Remote work became the standard during the pandemic. According to online job boards Indeed and ZipRecruiter, workers want this trend to continue once we’ve beaten back the disease. While there is a substantial increase in job postings offering remote-work options, the listings are significantly lower than the number of people seeking to work from home.
Indeed, the large job aggregation site, reports that job postings on its platform increasingly include references to “remote work” and “working from home.” As a sign of the new changes, postings are over twice as likely to mention “remote” compared to listings before the outbreak started.
The job site shows that in February 2021, nearly 7% of job postings were remote compared to 2.9% in January 2020, and job seekers are now “twice as likely to search for remote jobs” versus pre-pandemic times.
There is a disparity between the people who can work remotely and those who need to be in direct face-to-face contact as part of their job responsibilities. For instance, in the second half of 2020, more than 20% of tech job postings referenced remote work. By comparison, fewer than 1% of beauty and wellness and food preparation jobs are listed as “remote” in the title or advertisement.
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Those who hold college and graduate degrees and work in white-collar jobs, such as finance and technology, are more apt to see greater opportunities to work remotely. However, many of the newly posted jobs call for people who can’t work from home. These are the frontline folks, such as drivers, warehouse and retail workers, and delivery people.
Interestingly, Indeed’s data reflects that a large proportion of the jobs posted during the pandemic have been made to refill jobs lost in sectors that were subjected to chaotic closures and reopenings by politicians.
ZipRecruiter has seen a “fivefold” increase in job listings that offer “work from home, work from anywhere, telework or work remotely.” A new ZipRecruiter survey of job seekers shows a “stark mismatch between the types of jobs Americans are looking for and those that are available.” About 60% of 2,500 respondents said they would prefer to find a job where they can work from home, whereas there were only about 9% of related job advertisements.
ZipRecruiter labor economist Julia Pollak said in an interview with the New York Times that she noticed a gap between what employers offer and what job seekers want.
In ZipRecruiter’s survey of people on the job hunt, 45% of respondents indicated that they preferred to find a job that would let them work from home after the pandemic is over. A survey conducted by large management consulting firm PWC showed similar survey results.
ZipRecruiter says its platform classifies roughly 8% or 9% of job postings, as permanent work from home jobs, which is a sizable increase from about 2% pre-pandemic. It was also pointed out that remote job listings on Monster and LinkedIn also increased, but only represent a small fraction of total open roles.
There is a big disconnect between companies claiming that they’re open to remote work and the actual number of job listings on the major job sites. This illustrates the reticence of corporations to fully embrace the changes called for from workers and their need to still cling to the past status quo.