There has been a 28 percent rise in the number of advertised ‘remote working’ roles this year.

There were ten times more remote working job adverts last month, versus the 24,235 roles on the market in April 2020 when the nation contended with the impacts of the UK’s first COVID lockdown.

Also, the number of advertised ‘remote working’ jobs is just behind peak of 270,851 adverts in November 2021.

This is according to the most recent analysis from people advisory firm New Street Consulting Group (NSCG).


Remote working was not ‘just a trend’

NSCG analysis of national job adverts show that the number of remote working roles advertised in 2022 has grown 28 percent, rising from 200,521 in January to 256,014 in April.

The number of these types of vacancies has increased month-on-month since the turn of the year.

Trends in remote working job vacancies defy growing assumptions amongst leaders that pandemic-led ‘work from home’ arrangements will – and should – end.

Earlier this year, chief executives of leading financial organisations voiced such sentiments, whilst Boris Johnson has recently renewed calls for workers to return to offices to avoid distractions of cheese and coffee at home.

However, although there’s an upward trend in the number of advertised remote working jobs in 2022, levels are below a peak seen late in 2021. November saw a record high of 270,851 remote working vacancies, whilst October saw the second highest number of adverts at 262,291.


Competitive job market

With the balance of power shifting from employer to employee recently, the job market has become increasingly competitive.

“It’s a candidate-led market at the moment and businesses wanting to attract the best talent in a competitive marketplace need to be offering attractive packages. We’ve been working with some of the UK’s biggest employers to help shape what this looks like. Remote working isn’t right for every sector or job role and the organisations we’re working with are looking at creating more bespoke packages that consider both the role requirements and the induvial circumstances of each employee,” says Director within talent intelligence at New Street Consulting Group, Natalie Douglass.

“The Prime Minister may be against working from home, but this data, coupled with the popularity of the UK’s four-day working week trial, shows a growing appetite amongst businesses and employees for more flexible and less traditional ways of working,” adds Ms Douglass.


Is remote working distracting?

“With Boris Johnson weighing into the debate around remote working’s impact on productivity by claiming that working from home is ‘distracting’, the data suggests that his views aren’t necessarily shared by many of the UK’s employers, or the candidate pool,” says Ms Douglass.

“There’s been much chatter about whether the uptick we’ve seen in advertised remote working jobs is a kneejerk response to COVID or whether hybrid and remote working is here to stay. Our view is that it’s a direction of travel that started before the pandemic and, whilst it has certainly been accelerated over the past few years, we’re more likely to see this trend level out than return to pre-pandemic levels,” adds Ms Douglass.





Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview, and host of the HR in Review podcast series. With a Master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, and wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.