HireRight: Two years of the pandemic have shown that most companies can thrive with remote work
LONDON, ENGLAND — A new study has found that the availability of remote jobs in the UK is beating out that of North America.
According to HireRight’s latest Benchmark Report, employers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are more likely than those in North America to offer fully remote positions.
“For many businesses in EMEA,” HireRight noted, “two years of remote working has shown that many roles and departments can perform just as well, if not better, than when they were based in the office.
“Factoring in a reduction in commute time and costs for employees, and the candidate expectation of flexible if not fully remote employment, it is understandable why many businesses are facilitating hybrid working to help retain their workforce and attract new talent.”
The results of this study come as the UK’s labour market is in a precarious condition on all fronts. There is a severe labour shortage and scores of Brits are looking to leave the country to live and work abroad.
At the same time, many UK employers have expressed distaste towards remote work, with some even going as far as to offer pay cuts to workers who choose to continue working remotely.
However, Remote Worker CEO Joseph Boll noted, “HireRight’s data shows there is still a marked appetite for remote work in the United Kingdom.
“We expect this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future because the benefits of remote work for employers and employees alike is undeniable.”
Remote work more of an option now than ever before
HireRight’s study projected that remote work is on a steady decline. However, despite this negative prediction, it acknowledged that remote work is still more of an option for EMEA workers than pre-pandemic.
“Businesses in EMEA and APAC (Asia-Pacific) are more likely than those in North America to adopt a hybrid/remote work model, even if the number of employees working remotely is likely to decrease this year,” HireRight noted.
Further, it added, “Respondents from EMEA are also the most likely to offer fully remote working to new hires and existing employees, with one in six (16 per cent) saying this was the case, compared with around one in 10 respondents from North America (11 per cent) and APAC (10 per cent).”
The organisation concluded, “While it may no longer be for the masses, remote work appears to be an option for more workers than it was pre-pandemic within many EMEA organisations.”
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