Working from home has been a trend that has been growing in recent years, but it has now hit an all-time high in the UK. Financial-world conducted a study using Google Trends data and found that the number of online searches for “work from home jobs” reached its highest point in five years, with a spike of 123%. This increase in interest in remote positions comes amidst strikes and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis in the UK.
The study also revealed that searches for “hybrid roles” are also at a five-year high in the UK, increasing by 614% this month compared to December searches. Coordinated industrial actions, specifically train strikes, have been prevalent in the UK, leading to many workers looking for alternative options to avoid the added stress and cost of commuting.
According to a recent survey reported by The Guardian, 62.5% of 597 managers across the UK believe that working from home boosts motivation and 75% believe it increases productivity. The trend towards flexible working is becoming more accepted and is reflected in the increase in online searches for such roles.
Financial-world estimates that the volume of searches for “work from home jobs” is 72,000 per month in the UK. There are also currently 45,257 work-from-home jobs listed on the Indeed job site. The study highlights that there is a clear demand for remote roles in the UK, and employers may have to consider offering more flexible work conditions to keep up with the demand and avoid losing employees.
In conclusion, this study shows that the trend of working from home and hybrid roles has hit an all-time high in the UK, with an increase in online searches for such positions. The increased interest in remote work can be attributed to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and strikes in the country, which have made commuting a stressful and expensive endeavor for many workers. The study also highlights the fact that many managers believe that working from home boosts motivation and increases productivity, which is leading to more companies offering flexible work conditions. The trend towards remote work and hybrid roles is expected to continue in the future, and employers will have to adapt to keep up with the demand and retain their employees.