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Are Companies Getting the Message on Remote Work?

  • Publish Date: Posted 12 months ago
  • Author: Staff Writer

Are Companies Getting the Message on Remote Work?

​The pay is great. The team is awesome. The role is right in your sweet spot. But there is one catch...you have to work five days a week in the office.

Would you consider accepting a job offer in 2022 that has zero remote work flexibility?

Are Companies Getting the Message on Remote Work?

In a recent MATRIX LinkedIn poll*, the answer was clear — an emphatic “no”.

Specifically, of the 2,079 votes cast, 77% said “no”, while only 23% said “yes”.

Here were some of the comments:

  • “Working remotely has saved me about $500 a month.”

  • “A two-parent family can pare down to one vehicle and save money on childcare at the same time.”

  • “So many of us have proven that our productivity did not suffer.”

Workers know what they want. Some 68% of workers would consider changing careers, and an additional 19% would consider changing careers for an “amazing opportunity” with better work-life balance (FlexJobs).

And today, more than ever, they are in the driver’s seat.

The U.S. IT jobs situation continues to look very much like the pre-pandemic state: more positions than candidates.

Employers’ need for tech talent is present in nearly every state and metropolitan market.

Employer job postings for all new IT occupations totaled approximately 295,000 in September (CompTIA).

Yet, the talent pool is small and shrinking every day.

IT executives see the talent shortage as the most significant adoption barrier to 64% of emerging technologies, compared with just 4% in 2020 (Gartner).

Talent availability is cited as a leading factor inhibiting adoption among all six technology domains included in the survey – computer infrastructure and platform services, network, security, digital workplace, IT automation and storage and database (Gartner).

Are employers getting the message? Kind of.

Here is the data we found after analyzing 2,000+ open jobs at MATRIX:

  • 42% are remote (either 100% or temporarily)

  • 20% of those are 100% remote

  • 22% are temporarily remote

  • 8% are a combination of remote and on-site

So, in total, 50% of our open job requisitions in the past 90 days have a remote component to them.

That also means 50% do not.

Our advice:

Don't make your talent pool evaporate even further by not being flexible when it comes to remote work. Make it happen. It’s the new normal.

*LinkedIn Poll Methodology:

This survey was taken in October 2021 by 2,077 professionals who follow MATRIX on LinkedIn. Our follower demographics cover every industry with nearly a third in IT and 58% working at manager level and above. Top three job functions in our followers are in engineering, IT, and HR.