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Remote working now top of the list for most jobseekers

By Sarah Finnan

June 16, 2020 at 12:50pm

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A survey carried out by VROOM Digital has revealed that over 80 per cent of workers now consider remote working to be an important factor when job searching.

With the majority of the country now well-accustomed to working from home, remote working has become part and parcel of the 'new normal'. So much so that 83 per cent of workers would put it close to the top of the list of essentials when seeking employment in the future.

Cancelling out long commutes and transport costs, more than half the survey participants agreed that having the option to work from home (either part-time or full-time) is important to them - with only 34 per cent of people feeling this way prior to Covid-19.

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This follows after news that big companies such as Twitter and Shopify have given employees the option to work remotely forever should they so please. Despite the many difficulties that recent weeks have brought, the survey found that remote employees have embraced the newfound benefits it's afforded them - such as flexibility and the chance to spend more time with family/friends.

When asked what employees have enjoyed most about working from, 69 per cent of those surveyed said the lack of commute. Other answers included having more time to get things done (55 per cent), saving money - on both transport and lunch (52 per cent), more time with loved ones (45 per cent), wearing comfortable clothing (35 per cent) and getting more sleep (35 per cent). All definite perks of working from the home office.

Business owners or those in managerial positions were also asked whether they would be more or less likely to offer remote working to employees to which 82 per cent of participants replied that they would be more likely to do so.

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