Birkenhead has been named in a list of top places in the UK recruiting for ‘work from home’ and ‘hybrid working’ job opportunities.
Using its own recruitment data, recruitment platform ‘Indeed’ has worked with ‘Zoom’ to identify the locations across the country that have seen the most significant growth in remote and hybrid job opportunities, analysing the difference in postings between February 2020, prior to the pandemic, and March 2022, when most restrictions had been lifted.
In each of the top 25 locations, job adverts that offer candidates the flexibility to work remotely have more than tripled and grown at a faster pace than the local jobs market overall – indicating that the rise in remote roles over the last two years has driven up opportunity in each area.
The new data comes as part of a wider report launched by Zoom on how the UK can strive to become a pioneer in hybrid work, which calls on the Government to take a number of steps to help capitalise on this economic opportunity.
Phil Perry, Head of UK & EMEA North at Zoom, said, “The UK has the potential to be a global leader in hybrid working, and Indeed’s data shows how greater access to remote roles is already helping to drive growth in overall opportunities across the country.”
“During the pandemic, adoption of video conferencing tools like Zoom by SMEs was higher in the UK than in any other G7 country, and we are now beginning to see how greater availability of hybrid roles is expanding opportunity in areas outside of London and the South East. This underlines the vital role hybrid technologies can play in levelling up the country, and getting the conditions right now will help the UK reap long-term economic benefits.”
“The increased availability of remote and hybrid options across the UK is a boon for workers, giving them much greater choice over where they live and work,” says Jack Kennedy, UK Economist at Indeed. “It’s particularly important for those who want or need flexibility to accommodate their commitments outside of work. Employers benefit in being able to widen geographic access to talent and accommodate workers who would otherwise face barriers, which is especially valuable in a tight labour market. Moreover, being able to offer employees better work-life balance means organisations can reap the benefits of a happier and more productive workforce.”
|Town/City||Region||Growth in job postings offering remote working (Feb 20-March 22)||Rank||Change in all job postings (Feb 20-March 22)|
|Southend||East of England||320%||4||16%|
|Leeds||Yorkshire & Humber||289%||10||39%|
|Ipswich||East of England||282%||12||66%|
|Sheffield||Yorkshire & Humber||217%||25||50%|
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