Remotely working insights in 2022

Even as the pandemic restrictions relax, we see workplace conditions shifting to more remote operations. Many employees enjoy working from home and wonder what their jobs would look like moving forward. 

Back in 2019, only about 3 million people were working at remote jobs. This number rose so that 50% of the total workforce was remote by the end of 2021. While management is looking to reverse working conditions back to office work, employees want to continue with their current arrangement. 

A middle path is hybrid work. Let’s take a look at some of the remote working statistics to see how things have changed in the UK. 

66% of the workforce has a hybrid working setup in 2022

10% of the workforce continued working from home throughout 2022

UK Google showed “remote jobs” being searched over 20000 times per month 

Remote working staff was limited to 95% of the people making 20000£ or more. 

71% of the tech staff were willing to move to other locations seeking remote work

52% of the managers have reported an increase in productivity

The remote working staff is saving £44.78 a week on transport 

Media adverts for remote jobs have gone up 300% in 2022

Hybrid working led to employees working 35.9 hours a week

Given the option, 29% employees would continue to work from home in 2022

Percentage of adults working remotely in April 2022

This table shows the age group of people who have continued to work remotely which mostly involves ages 30-49. We can conclude that the older and the younger workforce is still weary of working from home. The oldest employees might not be comfortable going digital as that requires learning a new skill set. The younger audience feels more compelled to go out and get work done. 

Establishing Remote Working system 

There are a ton of jobs that need only a laptop and a working internet connection. To establish an unobjectionable system of remote working, the employer and other executives need to be on the same page. Companies have realised that not all jobs require a physical presence and office spaces can be more efficiently utilised. 

Another type of remote working is offshore work being done in co-working spaces. Your company may employ a team that isn't physically present in the UK and might be working through rental co-working spaces. Jobs that still require in-person interaction thus their chances are slim to continue remote work. This includes:

19% of On the move tradespeople 

15% of customer service and sales employees 

12% of leisure and care workers 

5% of factory workers and machine operators 

Delivery services, hospital staff and healthcare workers are some examples of jobs that can’t function remotely. There is limited to no chance of these jobs eliminating in-person contact. 

Advantages of remote working

More than 75% of the remote workforce has described a positive change in their work-life balance in 2022. This involves fewer distractions at home since they felt safer and less anxious. Not to forget the time they save on commuting by staying at home. The positives of remote jobs outweigh the downsides by a lot thus most companies are preparing for this change. Managers have decided to work with consultants to improve their digital workspace, securing their servers and facilitating their employees. The new business model is focused on outcomes from jobs rather than frivolous spending on maintaining office environments. 

The Office of National Statistics presented their research on the upsides to remote working, such as 

78% fewer distractions, 53% quicker task completion, 52% increase in wellness and mood, 47% innovative solutions and 7% more job opportunities. 

  • Effects on Finances from remote jobs 

50% less expenditure on commuting, 40% decrease in fuel refill, 34% decrease in dining out and 4% spent less on daycare and sitters. 

  • KCL's Policy Institute, UK 2022 reported workers were able to manage their lives better 

79% Eliminated the need to commute, and 66% were able to be more involved at home and in social work. 56% reported feeling less stressed being among family, at home. 55% were able to take more time out for themselves, improving their mental health. 54% were less worried about catching viral diseases such as Covid-19 or even the flu. 

44% improved their sense of well-being. 36% found it easier to get workplace tasks done on time without pressure. 34% were less worried about missing important moments at home. They also found it helpful that they were able to manage any crisis at home better by being there. 28% were more focussed since they were relieved of the pressure of socialising. 

Disadvantages of remote jobs 

The downsides are limited and only exist for people who prefer human interaction. For these people, working remotely limits them to one place which may give a rise to their anxiety. 79% of people felt more connected to their coworkers as well as the company when working in an office space. 

There are negative effects on finances when you’re staying at home all day. There is an increase in the use of utilities, food, facilities maintenance and even internet access. There is a large percentage of older people that find it difficult to adjust to this new age of technology. The much younger crowd will lack the experience compared to the older worker working outside of their comfort zone. 

The world saw a crucial time after the pandemic hit and measures to maintain economic progress led to remote work. This has now become a preference for employees and employers alike. The jobs that can be done at home, are being done at home. Most companies realise that they can save more money by limiting office space if the tasks can be achieved without in-person interaction. 

Remote working statistics in the US 

More than 45% of the US workforce have reported getting 5 days a week to work at home and less focus on bringing office environments back. The remote workers have almost tripled in numbers since the start of 2020. 

The number of people using public transport has also reduced to nearly half it was before Covid. 76% of the people living in metropolitan cities have reported complete remote employment. Surveys have shown that more than 87% of people are being offered to completely stay at home to work which they are happy to do. 

This shows that there is less of a need to integrate hybrid working conditions. More than 60% of the employees have also reported a decrease in health coverage from private companies since the shift to remote work. The overall labour force within the country has decreased in the year 2022 (50%) from what it was in 2019 (58%)