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Track the continuous increase in jobs remotely

When the pandemic first took hold in 2020 and many workplaces around the world closed their doors, a great experience of working from home began.

Now, well over a year after the first lockdowns were put in place, questions remain as to whether remote working would now become a mainstream option or whether things would generally return to the status quo in the offices of the whole world.

New data from LinkedIn’s Workforce Report shows remote working may be here to stay, and may even become the norm in a few key industries.

In a general way, 12% of all paid jobs in Canada on LinkedIn offered remote work in September 2021. Before the pandemic, that number was barely 1.3%.

While this data is specific to Canada, the country’s similarity to the United States means these trends are likely seen across the border as well.

Which industries are adopting remote working?

The nature of the work can vary widely depending on the type of job – for example, mining is difficult to do from the living room couch – so remote jobs were not evenly distributed across industries.

Here are the numbers on job postings that focused on remote work:

Industry % remote (September 2020) % remote (September 2021) Change (pp)
Software and IT services 12.5% 30.0% 17.5
Media and communication 12.5% 21.3% 8.8
Well-being and fitness 3.3% 21.2% 17.9
Health care 3.2% 14.4% 11.2
Non-profit 4.6% 14.1% 9.5
Hardware and network 2.2% 12.9% 10.7
Business services 5.2% 9.5% 4.3
Education 9.4% 8.8% -0.6
Entertainment 3.0% 7.7% 4.7
Finance 1.8% 6.5% 4.7
Consumer goods 2.2% 6.0% 3.8
Leisure and travel 0.2% 3.7% 3.5
Manufacturing 1.4% 3.0% 1.6
Energy & Mines 1.0% 2.7% 1.7
Retail 0.5% 0.7% 0.2

The tech and healthcare industries are showing big changes towards remote working, the latter being influenced by a number of technological changes including telemedicine.

The physical distancing measures have forced some industries to pivot quickly. Whether virtual fitness and wellness options (e.g. Peloton and Headspace) would remain popular beyond the pandemic was a big question mark, but these employment data seems to point to a digital growth continues in these industries.

What the future holds

Since the COVID-19 outbreaks are still ongoing, the real test of this trend will be whether these numbers hold up in a year or two. When offices and gyms are reliably open again, will businesses recall working from home options?

Today, hybrid solutions are proving popular amid concerns that fully distributed teams suffer from lower levels of collaboration and communication among colleagues, and that innovation could be stifled by the lack of in-person collaboration.

Of course, the employees themselves report being more productive and happier at home, with 98% people wishing to have the possibility of working remotely for the rest of their career.

It’s clear that the work culture is changing today, and businesses and employees will continue to seek the perfect balance between productivity and happiness.


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