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27 Remote Work Statistics To Know

Here are 27 Remote Work Statistics for you to know in 2023.

Remote Work Statistics Before Covid

Before the pandemic, only 6% of the employed worked primarily from home and about three-quarters of workers had never worked from home

However, before Covid, the search interest in remote work was growing steadily. It is evident from the Google Trends screenshot below.

Remote Work Statistics Before Covid Pre Pandemic

It was surprisingly seasonal as well. You can see the spike during New Year’s time. It looks like, as people reflected and set resolutions every new year, searches spiked.

If you look a little more into history, humans always look to find ways to work remotely, even in 1897.

Remote Work Statistics Before Covid

Remote Work Statistics After Covid

Overnight in March 2020, office occupancy plummeted from 100% to ~15%. On March 2023, national office occupancy hasn’t recovered much. Occupancy sits at 50%.

national office occupancy level

50% of job applications are for remote work, but only 15% of job openings offer flexible work.

Remote work share of applications and job postings on Linkedin for remote work

In July 2022, LinkedIn data showed that paid remote jobs on LinkedIn (15.9%) attracted a majority of applications (52.9%) and nearly a majority of views (46.0%) compared to on-site jobs. The number of applications increased dramatically since data tracking began in January 2020, when 2.2% of remote jobs attracted 2.9% of applications.

There’s a fundamental disconnect right now in work. 52% of workers are considering going remote or hybrid this year. Yet 50% of companies plan to require full-time in-person work.

Remote work Fundamental disconnect between employer and employee

LinkedIn data shows 63.6% of job applicants applied to at least one remote job in August 2022, significantly increasing from 39.9% in August 2021 and 22.7% in August 2020.

LinkedIn data showed technology, information, and media , professional services, education, and administrative and support services were the industries with the greatest percentage of paid remote job postings in August 2022 and have been the top four industries since August 2020.

Industries with largest share of remote work

Recent surveys conducted by the New York Fed suggest that roughly 20% of service work in the New York region is now being conducted remotely, as is 7% of manufacturing work.

Remote work survey by New York Fed

Gen Z and Remote Work Statistics

For younger employees, flexibility, mobility, and entrepreneurial freedom are non-negotiable. Microsoft’s Work Trend Annual Report 2022 provides the following statistics with respect to Gen Z.

  • 58% of Gen Z are considering changing jobs in the year ahead versus 43% overall.
  • 58% are considering a shift to hybrid work in the year ahead versus 53% overall.
  • 56% are considering a shift to remote work in the year ahead versus 49% overall.
  • 70% are considering earning additional income outside their current employer via a side project or business in the year ahead versus 59% overall.
  • LinkedIn data says Gen Z is the most mobile generation on the platform: since the pandemic began, their migration rate is up 23% in the U.S.
  • 52% of Gen Z hybrid employees say they’re moving to a new location because they’re able to work remotely versus 38% overall.
  • Gen Z’s likelihood to engage with a company posting on LinkedIn if it mentions “flexibility” is far higher (77%) than Millennials (30%) and others on the platform.

Remote Work Productivity Statistics

According to the Current Population Survey, 147.2 million Americans work for pay as of August 2020. According to the 2018 American Community Survey, workers spent an average of 54 minutes per day commuting to and from work before the pandemic.

As of 2020, Americans saved over 60 million commute hours per day with remote work.

Assuming 5-day weeks, that’s ~16.3B (billion!) hours saved per year, equivalent to: 1.9 million years or 23000 lifetimes

Thoughts on Future of Remote Work

As the interest for remote work continues to increase, here are a few thoughts on the future of Remote Work.

Future of Remote Work Statistics


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