Remote Work Statistics in 2018
3) 33% of people will work from home in the next 10 years.
Hiring managers all over the world are very optimistic when predicting the future of remote work possibilities. They think that around 33% of the total workforce will earn their money from home. This increase should happen in the next 10 years.
While waiting to see if this prediction will come true, it is good to know that the fourth most popular job search term in 2017 was “remote/work from home.”
4) The number of remote workers increased by 140%.
Working from home statistics for 2018 show a growth of 140% since 2005, which is 10 times faster than the growth of the regular workforce or those who are self-employed. This means that the job market will change dramatically in the years to come.
5) 67% of recruiters suggest workers need re-skilling.
The majority of hiring managers (67%) agree that workers of the future should engage in re-skilling so they could adapt to the future work environment. Jobs of tomorrow will require fresh skills such as multitasking, time management, organizing, and self-motivation.
6) 63.9% work remotely more than two days per week.
Stack Overflow did a survey with 44.008 users and presented interesting remote work statistics:
- 35.1% of respondents said that they work remotely a couple of days every week
- 28.8% reported working remotely more frequently than the first group.
It is interesting that working from home has a positive effect on overall job satisfaction since most developers reported that they are most satisfied while staying home for work.
7) Almost 75% of companies allow remote work.
Most companies that hire developers are already allowing remote work, which marked telecommuting trends of 2018. This fact became known after the State of Software Development Survey when 74.92% of respondents answered that they prefer working remotely. It should be pointed out that companies in the IT industry were the pioneers of this hiring model.
This number was much lower at the beginning of the 21st century, and it looks like we’ll reach 100% in the near future. This could happen in the next decade when almost every employee will have a chance to test their working from home productivity.
8) Only 15% of workers prefer working on-site.
Another survey reported that 55% of people are working remotely 100% of the time. Another 28% said they like to mix office with home, and 15% prefer working on-site. There were, of course, 2% of people who described their situation as “other.”
As suggested above, nearly 85% of people work remotely sometimes, which means that there is a healthy demand for this way of engagement. Work from home in the United States may become a dominant option in the next few years. This demand will force companies to react with some fresh offers, and by the end of the century, maybe completely close their offices.
9) 73% of people are new to this working model.
Most people that are working remotely say that they’re new. In fact, 73% started remote work in the last four years. This statistic shows that people weren’t so sure if working from home would be a good move just a few years ago.
10) 47% work on creative/design positions.
Getting the complete picture of telecommuting statistics in 2018 wouldn’t be possible without stating that 47% of workers are in the creative field, 14% in marketing, 11% in engineering, 5% in admin/support, and 15% who answered “other.”
On top of this, we shouldn’t forget that there are people who own small sole proprietor companies all over the world and are living the digital nomad lifestyle. These are the people who decided to travel around the globe and work at any place they wake up.