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261% rise in work from home job searches amid Covid-19, but no increase in remote jobs

A recent report from job search website Indeed shows that searched for remote working or work from home jobs have increased by a staggering 261%, but the number of such jobs haven’t increased.

A recent report from job search website Indeed shows that searched for remote working or work from home jobs have increased by a staggering 261%, but the number of such jobs haven’t increased.

According to data from Indeed, one of the top job sites in the world, job seekers job seekers across India are looking up work from home opportunities or remote working jobs. Job seekers are increasingly searching for terms like 'remote', 'work from home' and related phrases.

Searches for remote work have also increased by over a staggering 261% as a share of all searches on Indeed India since February 2020.

Increase in remote working job searches but no rise in jobs

Even though the number of searches for remote working jobs has increased drastically, the bad news is that the number of available job postings for remote work opportunities has remained relatively unchanged during the same time period.

Overall, job searches have increased by 278% as a share of all searches on Indeed India since September 2019.


Flexibility as an important aspect of job opportunities

Commenting on the trend, Pawel Adrjan, Economist at Indeed said, "Flexibility has always been a vital aspect of job opportunities to job seekers, especially millennials, who today make up over half of India's working population."

"In challenging times like these, being able to continue working remotely serves as an asset, not only to the job seeker's skill set but also in helping the organization maintain business continuity," he said.


Results from an earlier Indeed study on remote working

A previous study by Indeed India shows that 83% of job seekers consider a remote work policy an important factor when searching for a job, so much so that 53% of employees would consider taking a pay cut in order to have access to remote working options.

The study showed that 56% of employees and 83% of employers concur that offering flexibility in working can help boost productivity.

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