Interest in hybrid working trends is high

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Job seekers’ interest in working from home appears to have increased steadily in 2022, as evidenced by online searches for “work from home” which increased by 84% in the first three months of the year ( UK figures) . Alongside this, people in the UK looking for “4 day a week jobs” have jumped 1,011% over the same period.

To some extent, the balance of power favors job seekers given the near-record unemployment rate of 3.9%, which provides workers with some leverage to select certain jobs suited to their lifestyle. With inflationary challenges and rising energy costs facing consumers, job seekers will be eager for other benefits and reduced travel costs represent one of these areas.

The analysis of Google search data was carried out by the online salary calculator Income Tax UK. Data trends, provided to digital newspaper, reveal an alteration in the preference of job seekers vis-à-vis their new job.

It seems job seekers are looking to combine lifestyle, family and career, thanks to the growing popularity of fully remote jobs and four-day-a-week programs.

Interest in remote jobs is growing

Google Search Trends data indicates that interest in hybrid jobs has grown. These are jobs that can be done both from home and from the office, where workers normally perform tasks in both locations. Roles offering these work models have proven popular with internet job seekers, increasing 270% in the first few months of the year when combined through 2021.

These data patterns suggest that companies that are flexible with their work schedule will have leverage and an advantage as they can reach more potential candidates who are looking for a better work-life balance.

UK income tax says Digital diary“With annual growth in seasonally-adjusted total compensation breaking several all-time highs over the past year, the labor market is looking to favor companies willing to reward their team members with higher salaries and to pay more attention to the needs of their employees.”

This means companies need to adapt in order to attract the best talent: “With an unemployment rate close to 30 years old at 3.9% in the UK, companies will have to think outside the box and offer competitive wages while by enabling a culture of work and a work schedule adapted to the modern lifestyle of employees if they want to attract and retain the best talent and stand out as an employer.

This means companies that have robust systems and processes in place to support remote working and flexible working hours will be in a stronger position in the recruiting game.

Maria D. Ervin