As pandemic-related restrictions ease, white-collar workers will find that attitudes and expectations for fully remote jobs vary across industries, according to an analysis of job postings in Canada. Tech and marketing workers looking to permanently embrace the work-from-home lifestyle have plenty of options, but lawyers and bankers might be disappointed.
Declining concerns about the COVID-19 virus have coincided with a slow return of workers to the office, according to Statistics Canada data. In July, the proportion of employees splitting their time between home and work rose 1.2 percentage points to 7.4%, more than double what it was in January.
But not all employers approach returning to the office with the same zeal, according to two separate data analyzes by job search sites Indeed Canada and ZipRecruiter.
“There is a bit of a contrast in some industries where remote job openings are particularly prevalent and others where remote work is feasible. [but] remote job postings aren’t as common,” said Brendon Bernard, senior economist at Indeed Canada.
Overall, job postings on Indeed that mention the option of working from home are much more common in white-collar sectors, Bernard noted. These industries, which accounted for 22% of all job postings on the platform at the end of July, accounted for about half of remote work opportunities.
Nevertheless, the share of remote job vacancies also varies considerably from country to country. professional industries, according to the data. At the end of last month, about 35% of open positions in software development and what Indeed calls the “IT Operations and Help Desk” category offered the option to work out of the office. Marketing jobs also topped the rankings for being remote friendly, with almost 30% of posts on Indeed mentioning location flexibility.
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In contrast, only about 20% of job postings in legal, banking, and accounting advertise the ability to bypass the office, according to Indeed.
The Big Five banks – among the largest employers and most influential white-collar employers in Canada – have imposed a partial return to the office.
Data collected from several job search platforms in Canada by ZipRecruiter, another recruitment site, showed similar trends, with the tech industry far more likely than any other sector to allow employees to work away from home. work. The arts and entertainment sector also had more than 30% of job postings that referenced remote arrangements, the company said.
Overall, the share of ads that include distance-related terms like “telework” or “work from home,” and their French equivalents, stood at around 11% at the end of July, according to Indeed. That was slightly below a 14% peak earlier this year, but in line with levels seen in the summer of 2021. (Some of the short-term fluctuations may reflect seasonal trends, Bernard noted). In July 2019, by contrast, only about 3% of job postings on Indeed mentioned remote work.
ZipRecruiter figures show that 13.5% of Canadian job postings for 2022 mentioned working from home. That compares to nearly 12% in 2021 and about 2% in 2019. ZipRecruiter said its data is not seasonally adjusted.
Both platforms said their data does not specifically isolate completely remote jobs, in which employees are under no obligation to report to the office.
Some job postings that mention working from home may refer to hybrid work arrangements, Bernard notes. And some companies may allow employees to work full-time from home without explicitly mentioning it in their job postings. As such, the data is more useful as a barometer of overall trends than an accurate indicator of the share of fully remote job openings, he said.
The data is useful for tracking how often employers explicitly mention remote work in their pitch to job seekers, Bernard said in reference to the Indeed dataset.
And Canadian employers are more likely than their American counterparts to use working from home as a recruiting tool, said ZipRecruiter senior economist Sinem Buber.
Data from the platform shows that so far, 9% of job postings in the United States this year have contained a reference to remote work, more than four percentage points lower than the Canadian share of such postings. ‘use.
For now, the ability to offer fully remote work remains a key competitive advantage for employers with hard-to-fill vacancies, said Julie Labrie, president of BlueSky Personnel Solutions, a recruitment agency specializing in professional positions. French-English bilinguals.
“In my case, because I do bilingual internships, when an employer tells me in Toronto that he can telecommute from anywhere, then I know right away that I can go to Quebec, I can go to New Brunswick too, and I can go to northern Ontario to see if I can attract people to work.
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