Due to the spread of COVID-19 across the country, remote work from home has become commonplace for millions of displaced workers. Remote work was an accelerating trend prior to the coronavirus pandemic, driven by improvements in technology, strong Millennial preference for working from home, and employee/employer benefits. These include lower costs for both sides, as well as increased worker satisfaction and productivity.
How Employees & Employers Both Benefit From Remote Work From Home:
Employees who work remotely spend less on transportation including mileage and wear-and-tear on vehicles. They save on day-to-day expenses like eating lunch out, dry cleaning, laundering and wardrobe. There are also tax breaks associated with working from home.
Remote work exposes workers to fewer sick people and germs, allowing them to stay healthier. This, combined with the ability to reallocate their commute times to work increases productivity, one of several significant benefits for employers.
A recent poll indicated that 42.5% of employees would be willing to sacrifice vacation days or take up to a 10% salary cut to be able to work remotely (Workfrom). Other benefits on the employer side include savings on real estate, electricity and other utilities, absenteeism, and turnover. It is estimated that employers could stand to save over $11,000 per employee year, on average, by shifting to work from home processes.
How Many People Are Projected to Work From Home After COVID-19?
Currently, 54% of U.S. workers report having some access to work from home benefits (Glassdoor). Only 28% reported access in 2011, showcasing the rapid growth of adoption. Additionally, according to research from Global Workplace Analytic, 80% of workers want to work from home. The organization reported that its “best estimate is that we will see 25-30% of the workforce working at home on a multiple-days-a-week basis by the end of 2021.”
Remote Work Opportunities Vary By Industry & Job Type:
Given the data, it can be expected that remote work from home opportunities will only continue to increase. It should be noted, however, that opportunities are inherently dependent upon industry and job type. For instance, while there may be a small handful of work-from-home roles in the fire service (industry), a firefighter (job type) cannot readily work-from-home, whereas a software developer (job type) in IT (industry) can easily do so.
What Are the Best and Worst Remote Work From Home Industries & Job Opportunities?
According to Glassdoor Economic Research, the best and worst work from home industries and occupations are as follows:
Leading Remote Work From Home Industries:
- IT ( Early adopters and still reporting the highest rate of remote work access at 74%)
- Insurance 74%
- Biotech & Pharma 62%
- Accounting and Legal (Both at 60%)
- Media & Finance (Both at 59%)
Leading Remote Work From Home Occupations:
- Consulting 73%
- Media Communications & Engineering (Both at 62%)
- Accounting and Legal (Both at 60%)
- Product & Project Management (Both at 61%)
- IT Worker (58%)
Lowest Remote Work From Home Industries (All relatively understandable)
- Restaurants, Bars & Food Service
- Transportation & Logistics
- Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
- Construction Repair & Maintenance
- Military, Government and Healthcare are also significantly lower than national averages
A report by U.S. News & World Report went even further, identifying some of the best remote work from home jobs ranked by access, salaries and low unemployment rates according to BLS statistics. If you desire a high-paying work from home job with abundant opportunity, here are some of the roles, you’ll want to focus on:
- Software Developer ($103,620 Median Salary)
- Statistician ($87,780 Median Salary)
- IT Manager ($142,430 Median Salary)
- Web Developer ($69,430 Median Salary)
- Database Administrator ($90,070 Median Salary)
- Information Security Analyst ($98,350 Median Salary)
- Accountant ($70,500 Median Salary)
- Market Research Analyst ($63,120 Median Salary)
- Marketing Manager ($134,290 Median Salary)
- Computer Systems Analyst ($88,740 Median Salary)
If you’re seeking remote work, contact Alluvion. We specialize in talent sourcing for Information Technology, Finance & Accounting and Office Professional positions, and regularly have a variety of full and part-time opportunities available. Call (904) 296-0626 to start your job search today.