Telecommuting and hybrid roles have more than tripled in UK cities since January 2020, fueling people’s ability to stay in their local communities while working flexibly, according to data released by the Indeed recruitment platform. in partnership with Zoom.

The data also shows that jobs with these arrangements have outpaced the local labor market in 25 cities, with places like Burnley seeing a fourfold increase in the number of remote or hybrid roles on offer. Such opportunities could help strengthen the government’s so-called equalization program, the report said.

Flexible jobs have increased in areas beyond London and the South East. (Photo by David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Indeed job advertisements were summarized based on the location of the jobs, which included terms such as “remote work”, “remote work”, “work from home” and whether teleworking was explicitly mentioned.

The report identifies the 25 largest cities across the country with the most significant growth in remote and hybrid job opportunities, based on an analysis of the difference in published announcements between February 2020 and March 2022. In all 25 areas advertisements for remote and hybrid options have more than tripled during this period.

The city of Worthing has seen the largest increase in remote roles offered, with a growth rate of 650% since February 2020 and a 50% increase in the total number of available jobs compared to the same period. This was followed by Burnley, Stoke, Southend and Dundee, areas where the number of remote roles on offer has quadrupled since the start of the pandemic.

Only three of the places identified in the study are in London and the South East, while ten are in the so-called Red Wall areas, mostly cities in the North of England, which were previously strong Labor constituencies before moving to the Conservatives in the 2019 elections. Data show that flexible working arrangements can support the government’s equalization program, which aims to redistribute job opportunities in these areas, the report said.

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This increase in flexibility to work in areas beyond traditional geographies of economic power suggests how greater access to remote roles can help boost the growth of shared opportunities, said Phil Perry, head of the UK and EMEA at Zoom.

“We are now beginning to see greater availability of hybrid roles expand opportunities outside London and the South East,” he added. “This underscores the vital role that hybrid technologies can play in leveling the playing field, and getting the conditions right now will help the UK reap long-term economic benefits.

For businesses, having more access to talent and welcoming potential employees with commitments that could prevent them from traveling to traditional offices every day is “especially valuable in a tight job market,” said Jack Kennedy, an economist at Indeed. .

“Increased availability of remote and hybrid options in the UK is an advantage for workers, giving them much more choice where they live and work,” he said. “Furthermore, being able to offer employees a better work-life balance means that organizations can reap the benefits of a happier and more productive workforce.

Many companies are currently struggling to organize their hybrid teams with varying degrees of success. This week Technical monitor announced that Apple’s director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, had left the company because of its requirement that employees return to the office three specific days a week. “I strongly believe that more flexibility would be the best policy for my team,” Goodfellow said.

More Apple employees can follow suit, according to a recent study held between April 13 and 19, which found that 76% were dissatisfied with the company’s return policy.

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