Remote job searches soared to 966% in April: Report

The pandemic has defined the significance of skills as the top priority for hiring as opposed to location of the job seeker, the data showed. It is expected that employers would increase work-from-home options, embracing hybrid work as the future of work.
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New Delhi, May 24 : As a majority of Indians are working from home, searches for ‘remote work skyrocketed to 966 per cent in April 2021, from the same period last year, according to data from job site Indeed.

The data revealed that searches for remote work were higher across age groups — 60-64, 15-19 and 40-44 at 13 per cent each, while the searches in the age groups 35-39 and 20-24 were 12 per cent each.

The data also revealed that Bengaluru topped the chart for remote job searches with 16 per cent followed by Delhi (11 per cent), Mumbai (8 per cent), Hyderabad (6 per cent) and Pune (7 per cent).

This burgeoning demand for remote jobs is backed by the fact that geographical boundaries are blurring while employers hire and the job seekers scout for opportunities.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has fast tracked the adoption of technology across functions in India and has set in motion the largest work from home experiment of our generation. Our data has reflected the same showing a consistent rise in searches for remote jobs,” said Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, in a statement on Monday.

The pandemic has defined the significance of skills as the top priority for hiring as opposed to location of the job seeker, the data showed. It is expected that employers would increase work-from-home options, embracing hybrid work as the future of work.

With the increasing need for technical integration across functions and sectors, job roles that require technical expertise to ensure seamless working have been the most in demand. The data also revealed that technical support specialist (25 per cent) emerged as one of the most searched remote jobs followed by data entry clerk (22 per cent), IT recruiter (16 per cent), content writer (16 per cent) and back end developer (15 per cent).

“As businesses transitioned digitally, it has become a norm for employees and companies to work from anywhere and this change enabled by technology will see more and more companies turning to hybrid work in the future. We believe that going forward, recruiters will focus on role and skills based hiring, thus blurring geographical boundaries,” Kumar said.

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