The World Wide Web actually measures how often words associated with teleworking, such as “work from home”, are becoming more common in employer ads in 20 countries. In Sweden, it is mentioned in 6.2 percent of cases today. This is three times more than it was before the epidemic. In Germany and the United Kingdom, it is about 10 percent.
An analysis with the OECD suggests that differences between nations can be explained by the degree of community closure that occurred during epidemics. In some countries, the movement was more restricted than in others. But even after the easing of restrictions, a large number of new jobs are being advertised in countries with good digital infrastructure, such as Sweden, with the promise of being able to work remotely.
– Employers in delivery fields such as technology continue to offer delivery to attract and retain talent and expand the potential selection of candidates beyond the area in which they have offices, says Pavel Aturgen, Research Manager, INDEIT.
Expect proximity to the office
But Pawel Adrjan adds that many job advertisements that are attracted through telework still indicate where the office is.
– It suggests that some companies expect you to be close to the office, even if you work from home or most of the time.
The rate of delivery varies greatly between industries. In Sweden, as in most countries, it is most common in software development (17 percent), information design (16 percent), information technology services (14 percent) and marketing (13 percent).
The image has been confirmed in another recent survey. Atomico’s European Technology Report 2021, a venture capital firm, asked what companies did differently this year to recruit talent. The most common answer is to increase the number of characters that can be completely done remotely.
Gap in companies
But Gabriele Ciminelli, an OECD economist, finds the gap between employers and employees in the company’s own study.
– Employees prefer a higher rate of distance work than employers. Business leaders need to transition from a culture that values physical presence to more flexible leadership.
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