The corona pandemic has catapulted many office workers to their home desks. If they like it there, there’s a good chance they can continue working from home for at least a day – even if they change jobs. Because companies are publishing more and more job offers with the possibility of working from home. This is shown by a study by the Institute for Economic Research (Ifo) and the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
In total, more than 35 million job postings from more than 200 company websites and online job exchanges from 2014 to 2021 were evaluated. It shows: Between 2019 and 2021, the proportion of offers with home office option more than tripled. While only around 3.3% of listings contained a home office offering in 2019, it was over 12% in 2021. According to the study, there has been a sharp increase, especially in occupations in which work from home was not common until now, such as in the construction sector or in the education sector. The proportion has almost quintupled here. But also in industries where many companies offered their employees home office options before the pandemic, the proportion has quadrupled. This includes, for example, the finance and insurance industry. In the information and communication industry, the proportion has tripled.
A trend that is also evident in direct business surveys, as the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) found in a corresponding sectoral report on the information industry and the manufacturing sector. According to this, many companies in both industries expected an expansion in home office supply at the start of the pandemic, but corrected their valuations higher and higher over time: in June 2020, nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed planned to use home office also to use after the pandemic, a year later it is already 74%.
On the employee side, ZEW researchers are also seeing a growing interest in working from home. “About one in two companies in the information industry currently assume that over the long term, more than 20% of employees will work in the home office at least once a week,” explains Daniel Erdsiek, ZEW scientist. In June of last year, only one in three businesses expected it.