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Job Vacancies Offering Remote Work Are Shrinking

Job Vacancies Offering Remote Work Are Shrinking

Job seekers hoping for a remote or hybrid work schedule should try to get hired soon, because the work-from-home winds are shifting. The share of U.S. jobs offering the option to work remotely at least one day has declined to 12.19% in April, from 13.08% in October, researchers discovered.

  • While remote work exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of job postings saying employees can work from home one or more days a week is¬†not increasing at the same pace¬†as before, the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., reported.
  • Employers nationwide are trying to¬†coax workers back to the office, with some, such as¬†Amazon,¬†Apple,¬†Goldman Sachs, Twitter, and Tesla, telling everyone to come back. In San Francisco, the share of jobs postings offering remote work dropped to 27% in April, from 31.9% in October.
  • In Boston, the share of job openings¬†mentioning remote work options¬†fell to 21.4% in April, from 25.38% in November. In Wichita, Kansas, the percentage fell to 6% in April, from 15.6% in September. In Phoenix, it slipped to 15.3% in April, from 20.95% last October.
  • Remote-work vacancies¬†can vary widely¬†even within industries. Among selected U.S. aerospace firms, both¬†Boeing¬†and¬†Lockheed Martin¬†allow hybrid or fully-remote work in more than 50% of their management job postings, while¬†Northrop Grumman¬†allows less than 25%, and SpaceX allows almost none.

What’s Next: U.S. survey data suggests that going forward, workers will spend one quarter of their work days working remotely, five times the prepandemic rate, the report said. Professional, scientific, and computer-related occupations are more likely than others to offer hybrid or fully remote work, compared with 2019.

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