Would you hire someone working remotely?
More than half of businesses that experienced remote working during lockdown would consider hiring an employee who worked fully or mostly from home, a survey has found.
The poll of 280 business leaders, conducted by Management Today (MT) and Hays, found 55 per cent would now be more likely to consider hiring an employee who was not within commuting distance to the office and so would work completely or predominantly remotely. This compared to the 45 per cent who said they would not now be more likely to make such a hire.
The poll found most employers were not currently advertising jobs as predominantly remote roles, however. Just a third (33 per cent) of respondents said they were advertising jobs as either partly or fully based at home, compared to 67 per cent who were not.
However, almost two-thirds of respondents (65 per cent) said they expected to advertise jobs as partly or fully remote in future, compared to 35 per cent who said they did not.
Organisations are being more open to new ways of working in the future, particularly as this would encourage employers to recruit and retain more diverse workforces, which would be good for the economy and society as a whole.
Greater use of remote working can make work more accessible and sustainable, particularly for working parents and people with caring responsibilities and those with mobility or health concerns.