Data: Nearly 20% of All Professional Jobs are Now Remote

Three million jobs moved to being permanently remote in Q4 2021

New York, New York (January 4, 2022) – The number of professional remote work opportunities jumped again heading into the new year. The Ladders Quarterly Remote Work Report shows 18 percent of all professional jobs are now remote. “This life-changing shift to remote work is progressing even more rapidly than anyone thought it would,” said  Ladders, Inc. CEO Marc Cenedella who led the research. “Another 3 million jobs moved to being permanently remote in Q4 2021. The accelerating change to permanent remote now means that over 20 million professional jobs will not be going back to the office after COVID.” 

Since the pandemic began, data scientists from Ladders, the career site for jobs that pay $100,000 or more, have been tracking remote work data from North America’s largest 50,000 employers, not just those with listings on Ladders. Prior to the pandemic, only about 4% of high paying jobs were available remotely. By the end of 2020, that jumped to 9%. By the end of 2021, that doubled to about 18%. There are now nearly 156,000 high paying jobs available remotely. 

Data Courtesy: Ladders, Inc.

More than a quarter of all high paying jobs will be available remotely by the end of the year
While many big companies, especially in the tech space, have predicted workers will return to offices, data doesn’t support that. Cenedella said, “They are fooling themselves. Even companies predicting mass returns to in-office work are hiring remote workers right now. Those workers will not be willing to take on a commute and pivot to in-office work.” He added, “The reason so many companies are insisting the in-office model will prevail is because of their real estate interests. Large companies have invested trillions of dollars in real estate that they don’t want to see wasted.”

Based on their quarterly remote work research, Ladders data scientists project that by the end of this year, a full quarter of all high paying jobs will be available remotely. “This is an underlying permanent shift that people are not taking seriously enough,” said Cenedella. “It’s the largest change in American working and living arrangements since World War Two. Since people can work from anywhere, they can live anywhere, which will have a fundamental long-term impact on everything from who is on the local PTA to who is running our local towns to how and where we live.” 

What Jobs  Have the Most High Paying Remote Work Opportunities? 
Professionals who work in fields that emphasized tech skills and organizational skills prior to the pandemic are seeing the most remote work opportunities. “They already had the competencies necessary to succeed remotely. So, it was easy for them to ease into this work style.” noted Cenedella.

The top ten job titles with the most high paying remote work opportunities.

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Account Executive
  4. Enterprise Account Executive
  5. Product Manager
  6. Senior Product Manager
  7. DevOps Engineer
  8. Data Engineer
  9. Project Manager
  10. Product Marketing Manager

About Ladders, Inc.
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