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IT and creative industries leading shift to remote work

Homeworking is being firmly embraced in the IT sector, but perhaps surprisingly employers seem reluctant to offer remote positions in ecommerce.

Research conducted for law firm Wright Hassall found that the IT sector had the highest percentage of current job listings that were remote at 40.09%, with jobs on offer including data analyst and SEO specialist.

At the other end of the scale, just 1.67% of current ecommerce job listings were described as being remote, with jobs such as online sales assistant and supply chain associate typically advertised in a way that suggested workers could not work from home.

Creative industries were also heeding Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson’s advice that workers should continue to work from home where possible, with a significant shift towards remote working.

Social media/digital marketing placed second in the research, with 32.32% of current roles advertised as being remote. Content creation followed closely in third, with 31.83%. Work from home positions in these sectors included marketing officers and journalists.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, construction jobs were towards the bottom of the table in ninth place, with only 2.96% of jobs in the sector able to be done remotely.

Jobs in the real estate sector – for example, sales negotiators and property surveyors – were also rarely able to be done without visiting a physical workplace, with just 5.81% offered on a work from home basis.

Analysts looked at LinkedIn’s top 10 fastest growing job sectors in the UK and then selected 10 roles appropriate to that sector using careers website Prospects. They then searched all job postings for these roles in the previous two weeks on jobs website Indeed.

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