Remote Working – UK HR Labour Market Trends, July 2023

Vacancies enabling people to work from home hit all-time record levels

For increasing numbers of businesses, hybrid work is becoming the norm, where to add to that, we are also witnessing a significant surge in work-from-home (WFH) vacancies across all functions.

In 2019, only 0.44% of permanent vacancies posted on company websites career centres were marked as remote. Compare that to 2023, where remote vacancies have comprised 4.3% of the total so far, according to the latest report by Tiger and labour market data analysts Vacancysoft. Put simply, remote vacancies have never had such a high share of the total before.

Other Key findings include:

  • In 2023 so far, 4.3% of all posted vacancies are now remote, compared to 0.44% in 2019
  • Marketing is one of the fastest growing areas for WFH, with 29 times more remote vacancies per month in 2023 than pre pandemic
  • The number of remote roles in the South East has increased almost tenfold in 2023 compared to 2019
  • Professional Services sees over 60 times more remote vacancies than in 2019

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In terms of job functions, whereas pre-covid, remote work was dominated by Field Sales and IT (accounting for 76% of all remote/WFH roles between them) this has subsequently declined to 43% when analysing this year so far. Compare that to say Marketing, which has gone from 68 in 2019 to 971 so far this year. Please note, 2023 is only half-year figures too, so the uptick in remote marketing vacancies is equivalent to a 29x monthly increase.

The Professional Services industry, encompassing Law, Accounting, and Consulting firms, has also witnessed a significant paradigm shift. Traditionally known for long working hours and offices designed to cater to every need, there has been a sea change in this industry as well. In 2023, there are expected to be over 60 times more remote vacancies than in 2019, indicating a growing acceptance of remote work.

Finally, the South East region takes second place in terms of companies headquartered in the region, offering remote job opportunities, behind only London. While there has been a slowdown compared to the previous year, the number of remote roles in the South East has increased almost tenfold in 2023 compared to 2019, highlighting a growing trend in remote work adoption.

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