Monday, 24 May 2021

Remote job searches at 966% all time high, as

 Remote job searches at 966% all time high, as India locks down: Indeed

Data from Indeed, the world’s No.1 job site indicated that searches for ‘remote work’ skyrocketed to 966% in April 2021, from the same period last year. This burgeoning demand for remote jobs is backed by the fact that geographical boundaries are blurring while employers hire and the job seekers scout for opportunities. The pandemic has defined the significance of skills as the top priority for hiring as opposed to location of the job seeker. This also reflected in another study conducted by Indeed, last year, which stated that the businesses are strategically adopting technological innovations to attract the right skill set and increase efficiency. The study also stated that 1 in 2 employers hired only virtually in the pandemic.

Moreover, as the country grapples with the second wave, companies lay their focus on hiring employees that offer the required skill set irrespective of the city of the applicants.  It is expected that employers would increase work-from-home options, embracing hybrid work as the future of work.

 Flexibility has always been a vital aspect for job seekers, especially millennials, who today make up over half of India’s working population. However, another interesting finding from Indeed, revealed that searches for remote work were higher across age groups of 60-64, 15-19 and 40-44 at 13% each. The searches in the age groups 35-39 and 20-24 were 12% each. The data also revealed that Bengaluru topped the chart for remote job searches with 16% followed by Delhi (11%), Mumbai (8%), Hyderabad (6%) and Pune (7%)

With the increasing need for technical integration across functions and sectors, job roles that require technical expertise to ensure seamless working have been the most in demand. The data also revealed that Technical Support Specialist (25%) emerged as one of the most searched remote jobs followed by Data Entry Clerk (22%), IT Recruiter (16%), Content Writer (16%) and Back End Developer (15%).

 Top Paying Remote Jobs

Indeed also looked at the top paying remote jobs and unsurprisingly tech jobs topped the charts

Job Title

Yearly Median Salary

Software Architect

₹1,250,000

Technical Lead

₹1,100,000

Data Engineer

₹1,050,000

Senior Software Engineer

₹1,000,000

Senior Java Developer

₹900,000

Commenting on the surge of remote jobs, Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has fast tracked the adoption of technology across functions in India and has set in motion the largest work from home experiment of our generation. Our data has reflected the same showing a consistent rise in searches for remote jobs.  As businesses transitioned digitally, it has become a norm for employees and companies to work from anywhere and this change enabled by technology will see more and more companies turning to hybrid work in the future. We believe that going forward, recruiters will focus on role and skills based hiring, thus blurring geographical boundaries.”

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