Most UK businesses (89 per cent) expect hybrid workforces to become a permanent part of working life following a 190 per cent spike in remote work job postings since the start of the pandemic, shows a report by specialist recruiter Robert Half.
The increase in remote job postings between March and November 2020, compared with the pre-Covid period (June 2019-February 2020), was driven largely by marketing and IT roles, making up two-fifths of all postings at a total of 38,000 advertisements.
The research coincides with the launch of Robert Half’s Demand for Skilled Talent report, produced alongside labour market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, to provide an in-depth analysis of current employment market trends, in-demand roles and the rise of the ‘anywhere workforce’.
The centrepiece of the Demand for Skilled Talent report is an analysis of evolving UK hybrid workforces. Given the uptick in hybrid and flexible working, many employees are keen to make the most of the opportunity.
Two in five workers surveyed (39 per cent) are planning to relocate to another country or city while working remotely, while almost half (49 per cent) want to swap to a compressed four-day week in response to increased workloads over the past year.
An additional 68 per cent expressed a desire to continue working from home for one to three days a week going forward.
More generally, employees are optimistic about their prospects in 2021. Two-thirds (67 per cent) have a positive outlook for the year ahead, while 57 per cent expect to receive a pay rise.
Employees are not the only ones to experience the advantages of hybrid working, as employers have also seen a number of benefits over the past year. Improved business agility, access to a far larger talent pool, and the ability to offer teams a better work-life balance have been key takeaways for many businesses.