Upwork report shows ongoing benefits for working remotely

What an extended, unusual 12 months it’s been.

Though the pandemic is much from over, there may be sufficient empirical proof to help the argument that distant work has truly labored nicely regardless of the ad-hoc method many people had been compelled to take it on.

Upwork simply launched key findings and tendencies from polling hiring managers over the previous 12 months. Among the many noteworthy observations:

  • Productiveness continues to be larger than it was within the workplace. Sixty-one p.c of these surveyed say productiveness had gone up and 68% agreed that they now work higher remotely than they did a 12 months in the past.
  • Relocation, relocation, relocation. An estimated 23 million individuals are planning to relocate. The survey discovered that greater than half (52.5%) had been trying to transfer to a extra inexpensive place.
  • Extra work for freelancers. Managers who like working remotely are as much as 16% extra more likely to work with freelancers and greater than a 3rd (36%) are planning to work with impartial expertise this 12 months.
  • Money and time saved. On common, over the course of the 12 months, folks saved 9 full days of commuting time, and people who had been driving saved round $4,350.
  • Ranks of distant staff will nonetheless dwindle. It was an experiment, and at its top it was estimated that just about two-thirds of workplace staff went distant. Upwork estimates that over the subsequent 5 years, that quantity might be nearer to twenty% to 25%.

“Though COVID-19 was the catalyst for the change in the way in which we work, the benefits of distant work for companies and professionals is why many will proceed to function this fashion even in a post-pandemic world,” Upwork’s chief economist Adam Ozimek wrote within the report. “Many constraints of the outdated methods of labor have been eliminated and this has led companies to rethink how they discover, supply, and work with professionals, no matter their geographic location.”