Delivered February 23, 2021. Contributor: Alexis Z.
Provide data points and statistics on the current prevalence of remote work as well as projections for remote work post-COVID.
Prior to COVID-19
A study from Upwork found that prior to COVID-19, only 12.3% of workers were working remotely full-time.
According to the 2018 American Community Survey, in 2018, "3.6% of the U.S. employee workforce" worked from home at least half-time.
According to the 2016 Gallup State of the American Workplace, 43% of employees worked remotely with "some frequency."
Since 2005, the number of workers working remotely has increased by 140%.
Remote work peaked in April 2020 when 47.7% of workers were working remotely full-time.
A Pew Research study conducted during COVID-19 found that 55% of workers that reported being able to do their job from home were doing so all the time, and 16% were doing so most of the time.
According to a Gartner survey, 80% of company leaders plan to continue to allow for employees to work remotely at least part-time even after the pandemic ends, and 47% of company leaders plan to allow employees to continue to work remotely full time.
Workers are also looking to transition to full-time remote work post-pandemic, with 65% of respondents to a recent poll by FlexJobs saying they wanted full-time remote work post-pandemic, and 31% reporting that they wanted to work remotely at least some time.
According to CNBC, in 2021, one in four Americans will be working remotely. By 2025, "36.2 million Americans will be working remotely, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels."
Global Workforce Analytics found that 56% of the US workforce hold a job that is at least partially compatible with remote work.
Global Workforce Analytics estimates that by the end of 2021, between 25-30% of the total US workforce will work remotely multiple days per week.
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