We regularly use our website to host polls that survey your thoughts and attitudes towards employment trends and topical HR issues.
Most recently we investigated the feelings of both candidates and employers when it came to remote working.
Recent research from the Office of National Statistics found that, over the last ten years, the number of UK workers who are carrying out their job role remotely has increased by nearly a quarter of a million. As more businesses implement both the technology and processes needed to accommodate this modern working trend, it has been predicted that by 2020 50% of the workforce in the UK will be working remotely.
Armed with this information, we wanted to further explore how important remote working was to candidates when considering a potential new employer. Our website poll asked: How important is remote working when accepting a new job?
- 21% of respondents reported that remote working was very important, and they wouldn’t accept a role that didn’t offer this.
- 39% said that it was important, and that they would be more likely to accept a role if they employer was looking to introduce remote working in the next 12 months.
- However, the remaining 39% revealed that remote working wasn’t important to them at all.
We also surveyed employers, with a view to uncovering their opinions on remote working and any challenges that they face.
Our website poll asked: What is preventing you from introducing remote working?
- 43% of employers stated that they currently offer remote working or are looking to roll it out over the next 12 months.
- 29% admitted that they were concerned over the impact that remote working would have on their workplace culture and productivity.
- Perhaps more worryingly, a further 29% feel that they can’t trust their current workforce to work at their expected capacity.
Altogether, there is a positive indication that employers are aligning themselves with the expectations and demands of candidates by already introducing or rolling out remote working over the next year. Keeping at the forefront of current workplace trends makes a business more attractive to potential candidates, while also improving their employee retention rates as individuals feel they are achieving a desired work/life balance.
However, holding back from implementing such changes may lead to a talent shortage, as candidates seek out employers that offer such arrangements, and current staff leave to find an employer take a more flexible approach to working patterns and environments.