The Virtual Vocations “2023 Remote Work Statistics” report names 20 trends for the year ahead. This data is applicable to jobseekers considering remote jobs as well as employers and hiring managers evaluating their remote work policies.
Remote work conversations have changed. They are no longer about when remote work will become the preferred work arrangement, but rather how to make virtual employment options more accessible and permanent. This shift has been fueled by the demand for remote jobs by workers desirous of more control over how, when, and where they work.
Workers want to save money by not commuting, perform at peak productivity from their home offices, and enjoy better personal health and well-being from the comfort of their homes. In fact, workers in 2022 wanted these remote work benefits so much that the were willing to choose work from home job options above compensation, workplace recognition, and opportunities for promotion and advancement. Access to remote jobs is the top concern among workers, and it should be for employers, too. Remote-first organizations were the least impacted businesses during the Great Resignation.
Considering What Workers Want in 2023
When we look to the motivations and mindsets of U.S. professionals as they begin to plan their job searches in 2023, we see evidence of continued interest and urgency for remote work:
- 71% believe their employers ask too much of them.
- 67% feel professionally burned out or have recently experienced job burnout.
- 63% have felt less professionally motivated or engaged since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 55% would consider quiet quitting.
- 45% say their level of work-related stress has increased somewhat or substantially since 2021.
- 29% have changed jobs within the past year; an additional 9% actively looking for their next role.
- 20% said they are not confident in their employer’s ability to prioritize their well-being.
To learn more about what workers want from their careers, how remote work continues to influence the U.S. workforce, and ways employers can grow their organizations with remote-first policies, we looked within and without to gather and analyze the latest remote work data for 2023.
CEO’s Statement on Our 20 Trends to Know
“The 2023 remote work statistics we uncovered depict a U.S. workforce eager to maintain and expand their access to remote jobs in the new year. Workers are burned out, disengaged, stressed, and willing to leave their jobs to find better, more flexible opportunities.
Since March 2020, both employees and employers have been forced to more closely examine the benefits of remote work. Employees, in particular, used their time working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to also reexamine their personal values and lifestyles. This period of self-assessment continued through 2021 and 2022, inspiring trends like the Great Resignation and quiet quitting. Even amid growing economic uncertainties, including rising inflation and a possible global recession, employees are still exercising their power to choose work that not only rewards them financially but also fulfills them personally.”
2023 Remote Work Statistics — 32,000 Workers Surveyed
We gathered the 2023 remote work statistics for this report from both internal and external surveys. In total, these surveys polled more than 32,000 U.S. workers on their remote work opinions and thoughts concerning how they imagine flexible employment fitting into, as well as improving, their lives and careers. The findings have been divided into the following five core 2023 remote work statistics categories:
- The Prevalence of Remote Work
- The Environment of Remote Work
- The Impact of Remote Work
- The Challenges of Remote Work
- The Future of Remote Work
The Prevalence of Remote Work — 2023 Remote Work Statistics
1. The number of workers choosing to work remotely in 2022 increased 24%. Meanwhile, interest for on-site work dropped by 24%.
2. 58% of employed workers—approximately 92 million Americans—can work remotely at least part of the time.
(McKinsey & Company)
3. Remote work opportunities have increased in practically every industry, but workers in digitally innovative fields, like computers and mathematics, have greater access; 77% of professionals in these fields can work from home 100% of the time.
(McKinsey & Company)
4. If presented with the opportunity to work remotely, 87% of workers take up employers on the offer.
(McKinsey & Company)
The Environment of Remote Work — 2023 Remote Work Statistics
5. 62% of workers want to work from home 100% of the time.
6. 45% of workers prefer a four-day work week, working eight hours each day. They feel they can be just as productive working 32 hours per week.
7. 42% of workers are the primary caregiver for a loved one who would be home with them while working remotely.
8. 64% of workers say their ideal remote work location is a dedicated home office.
The Impact of Remote Work — 2023 Remote Work Statistics
9. “Very positive” is how 61% of workers describe their experiences with remote work. Overall, 90% would describe their experience as at least “somewhat positive.”
10. 97% of workers would recommend remote work to others.
11. 62% of workers feel more productive when working remotely.
12. If the ability to work from home was taken away, two-thirds (66%) of workers would immediately start looking for a job that offered flexibility. Under the same circumstances, 39% would quit.
13. 52% of workers would take a pay cut of 5% or more to have flexibility in working location; 23% would take at least a 10% pay cut.
The Challenges of Remote Work — 2023 Remote Work Statistics
14. The primary struggle of remote workers (25%) is not being able to unplug.
15. Within their existing workplaces, 20% of workers are most concerned about access to remote jobs.
16. 62% of workers say their company does not have an asynchronous-first work policy. These policies prioritize online communication and collaboration methods, including email and apps like Slack, over meetings.
17. When it comes to career growth, 45% of workers think it is more difficult for remote workers to achieve success.
The Future of Remote Work — 2023 Remote Work Statistics
18. 97% of workers would like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of their careers.
19. Access to remote job options would make 69% of workers less likely to quiet-quit their jobs in the future.
20. 72% say their company is planning on permanently allowing some amount of remote work. Compared to answers to the same question asked in 2021, the number of “Yes” responses increased by 26 percentage points..
About Virtual Vocations
Virtual Vocations, Inc., founded in 2007, is a private, family-owned, and 100% distributed company. Co-founded by CEO Laura Spawn and her brother, CTO Adam Stevenson, Virtual Vocations connects jobseekers with legitimate, fully remote job openings screened to ensure the highest quality standards. To date, Virtual Vocations has helped more than four million jobseekers find flexible remote work options.
In addition to managing and curating a database that, at any given time, houses more than 15,000 current, hand-screened remote job openings, Virtual Vocations offers jobseekers a number of tools to aid in their job searches. These tools include exclusive, self-paced career courses, digital guides for popular virtual job industries, downloadable worksheets, job coaching and interview prep, LinkedIn profile enhancement, and resume and cover letter writing services. What’s more, Virtual Vocations also releases multiple data-driven reports each year on current trends in remote work.
Send questions about Virtual Vocations’ “Quiet Quitting Survey” report to Kimberly Back, Senior Job Data Content Producer, at kim (at) virtualvocations (dot) com. Please visit Virtual Vocations’ social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest for more remote work content and conversations.
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