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Virus crisis leads to interest in working from home permanently, UK study suggests

By Alan Jones
One in two people are more likely to consider a remote working job as a result of the economic lockdown, UK research suggests.

Searches for remote jobs have increased by 222% since a year ago, said jobs site CV-Library.

Its survey of 1,100 professional workers found that women and younger people are most likely to want to work remotely.

Remote working in technology, recruitment, telecoms, marketing and customer service was most popular, said the report.

Lee Biggins, chief executive of CV-Library, said remote working had become normal for many people in the past few months, adding: “While a lot of workers are set to return to their normal workplace before the end of the year, some companies are keen to make a permanent move to a remote-first working environment and clearly this is what a lot of professionals want.

“As with anything, it comes with its pros and cons. For some people, working from home can be isolating, for others it can help with productivity and wellbeing.

“As we transition into the new world of work, organisations are recognising the benefits of hiring remote workers and that it’s something professionals want in a job going forward.”

Sectors with the biggest rise in remote working jobs include education, the public sector and accounting/finance, according to the report.
(PA)