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BUSINESS NEWS - UK - Remote Job Vacancies Up 48% In September

Posted 27th October 2022 • Written by •

In September 2022, there were was a 48% year-on-year increase in remote UK job vacancies, according to data from Adzuna.

The research found that September 2022 saw 1,034 advertised UK  ‘work from anywhere’ job vacancies, up 48% from 699 a year ago.

While Adzuna noted an annual increase in September, there was a cool down in remote job vacancies when compared to April 2022.

More than 2,000 ‘work from anywhere’ jobs were recorded across the UK in April 2022, 412% higher or 1,747 more jobs than the same time last year.

“As the cost of living crisis deepens, hiring has cooled slightly since April,” Adzuna stated. “Hence, the upward streak was halted between May and September. That said, the number and proportion of ‘work from anywhere’ job vacancies within the period remained higher than in 2021, signifying the trend is here to stay.”

When compared to August 2022, remote jobs were down 23.1%.

When it comes to the top ‘work from anywhere’ sectors in September 2022, IT ranked at the top with 480 job vacancies. This was followed by PR (118) and Sales (115).

Paul Lewis, chief customer officer at job search engine Adzuna, “The pandemic accelerated the move to hybrid and remote working, particularly in white collar sectors like IT, Finance and Consultancy. Employees have got used to fitting their work around their life, rather than fitting their life around their work, and they want to keep those priorities straight.”

“The rise of ‘work from anywhere’ is a response to shifting priorities and the demand for more,” Lewis added. “Since January 2021, we’ve seen steady increases in employers offering the perk, with big brands like Spotify pioneering the way.”

“While the talent-desperate tech sector has been quick to follow suit, our data shows other white collar industries have been slower to adopt work from anywhere policies. But the writing is on the wall and many sectors will likely consider becoming more digital nomad friendly as a means to attract and retain talent, particularly those like Tech that have historically relied more on younger workers. There will always be smallprint - visa restrictions, tax implications, and timezone coordinations to name just a few - but ultimately offering more workplace flexibility is the future, particularly when it comes to hiring Gen Z workers,” Lewis said.

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