Working from home often pays more than working in an office for jobs in the tech industry, new research has found.
HR company Remote collected data on more than six million 2022 job postings from employee resource Glassdoor and found that web developer and software engineering roles had the most remote opportunities compared to other professions, representing 37% and 36% of the total remote job market respectively.
Web developers working from home could also earn $22,508 more on average than their on-premises counterparts, representing an increase of 37%. The percentage difference between remote and office salaries for software engineers is slightly less, but they are generally paid more.
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The situation is largely the same for UK tech workers too. Once again, web developers and software engineers make up the largest proportion of remote jobs, at 31% and 29% respectively, with the former earning £13,000 more than average for the role and £6,500 for the seconds.
Remote commented that employees are the ones leading this change and are the ones expecting and seeking roles that offer flexible and remote work arrangements. So for companies to acquire much-needed talent, they are advertising roles with these draws in mind.
Aside from specific job roles, Remote also looked at industries in general. In the UK, the most popular industry for remote opportunities was IT, with 13.9% of remote jobs. In the US, IT ranked third with 15.4%, surpassed by the media and communication industries (15%) and management and consulting (19.4%).
Remote Vice President Nadia Vatalidis commented on the benefits of remote work for both employers and employees, with a “far greater selection of top-tier candidates and a reduced need for expensive office space, among other benefits” for employees. former and “greater flexibility and the potential opportunity to work from anywhere in the world” for the latter.
As the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies to adopt remote working practices, arguments have arisen on both sides over sustained commitment to such arrangements.
So-called hybrid work is now the latest trend, which seems to be striking a balance between the new and traditional work culture, where employees have the option of going to the office at certain times and staying home at others. It allows flexible work schedules in the hours that best suit each individual.
Additional Slack research found that employees may leave to find new work if hybrid work isn’t available, as many workers had higher job satisfaction and less stress when able to work this way.
On the other hand, employers are facing a greater security challenge as multiple endpoints are distributed across numerous home networks, so protecting data is more crucial than ever and needs the proper attention it deserves.