The number of new jobs advertising fully remote work has dropped to just 7 per cent, a third lower than at the beginning of this year, a study has found.
Looking at approximately 745,000 jobs currently advertised in the UK, research by Hazlewoods also revealed an overall fall in the total number of remote positions advertised, from 58,000 at the start of the year to 51,000 currently.
The study said remote work may have “passed its peak” as companies looked to transition to hybrid or fully office-based arrangements.
Having noticed the reverse trend of remote work, Martin Tiplady, managing director of Chameleon People Solutions, said it was apparent that some organisations were reverting to former arrangements and becoming more demanding of employees to return to offices. “This is surprising and goes to show how, contrary to expectation, some – not all – employers are not wanting to bring about the culture changes that the pandemic started to trigger,” Tiplady said, adding that “in the longer term they may be the losers”.
The research also found that 11 per cent – equivalent to 85,000 – of all jobs were currently being advertised as hybrid, with these usually involving the employee having the option to pick one or two days to work from the office.
This finding was reinforced by Office for National Statistics data, which found that a quarter (24 per cent) of workers were hybrid working in May 2022, a jump from 13 per cent in February 2022.
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Felicity Sang, director at Hazlewoods, said employers wanted their employees to “be in the office as much as they reasonably can” and emphasised that remote roles may be unattractive to some. “Not all employees have the capacity to work remotely; some will have space and internet constraints at home. This is also likely to drive a change in demand for office working,” said Sang.
However, Gary Cookson, director of Epic HR, said it was possible that the drop in advertised remote roles showed their success. “Those [remote] roles are the first to be filled and are reducing in availability compared to other roles because they are popular and becoming harder for candidates to attain,” said Cookson, adding that organisations should “continue to monitor the state of the labour market to see what is happening, and talk to candidates to see what attracted them to the organisation in the first place”.