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Ryan Davis

Here are the latest remote work statistics worth knowing and sharing.

Unlike other remote work statistics pages, some of which link to studies from as early as 2014, none of the data cited here is from before 2022 (most is from 2023 or 2024). We’re right up to date.

Key remote work statistics

  • 29.9 million US employees currently work remotely, or 19.5% of the total workforce. Of those, more than half (52.7%) work full time and the rest work on a hybrid schedule.
  • 63% of working professionals polled by FlexJobs say remote work flexibility is the most important aspect of a job. That’s higher than salary (61%), meaningful work (48%), health insurance (42%) and career advancement (32%). 
  • Companies offering full flexibility on remote work have achieved 4x higher revenue growth over the last three years compared to companies restricting remote work.
  • 42% of companies that won’t consider offering hybrid work flexibility, even if it helped avoid layoffs, say it’s because they’ve already invested in a new office space.
  • 54% of workers forced to return to the office have colleagues who are allowed to work remotely full-time.
  • Remote workers in the US earn almost 10% more ($8,553) than office workers in similar roles that can be performed remotely.
  • 84% of workers forced back to the office want to work fewer days on site than they currently have to.
  • The US state with the highest proportion of remote workers is Colorado, where 37% of employees regularly work remotely. Remote work is least common in Mississippi (only 12%).
  • Monday is the most popular day to work remotely, with 85% of hybrid or remote workers starting the new week from home.
  • Return-to-office mandates have no significant impact on firm profitability or stock returns, per research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.

Remote work productivity statistics

  • A 2023 study found that firm-level productivity increases when the number of remote workers increases relative to the number of non-remote workers.
  • More than half (52%) of employers polled for ZipRecruiter’s Annual Employer Survey perceived improved productivity as a benefit of remote work.
  • 77% of working professionals say they are more productive when working remotely compared to in a traditional office setting.
  • More than half (53%) of workers forced to work from the office are on video calls either all the time or a lot of the time. 
  • Less than one-quarter of organizations say their leaders think remote work will decrease productivity, according to 2023 survey data
  • A University of Chicago study showed that remote workers save between 1 and 2 hours per week on commuting time, but 40% of that time saved is spent doing extra work.

Remote work salary & benefits statistics

  • Office work can cost hybrid workers more than $10,000 per year compared to working from home full time. 
  • 63% of workers would take a pay cut to be able to work remotely; one in ten employees are willing to slash their salary by more than 20% to be able to work from home.
  • The number of remote workers who consider time with family to be the top perk of working from home has more than doubled since 2020
  • The median pay for fully or partly remote roles is 45% higher than for in-person roles. ($72,920 vs $50,133).
  • Analysis by Ringover revealed that remote office managers and PR managers get offered salaries more than 30% higher than their in-office counterparts.

Remote work hiring, retention & engagement statistics

  • Employee engagement declined most sharply between 2019-2022 among those in ‘remote-ready’ jobs who are currently working fully on site.
  • Companies offering flexibility over whether to come into an office are growing at more than 2x the pace of those requiring five days in the office (5.6% headcount growth at full flexible companies vs. 2.6% at full time in-office companies).
  • A hybrid work trial conducted at a large tech firm in 2022 found that offering a mix of days at home and at work each week reduced attrition by 33% and improved job satisfaction measures. 
  • 72% of companies say they lost valuable employees after restricting remote work
  • 63% of companies that have reduced remote work say that quality candidates have removed themselves from hiring processes as a result.
  • A 2023 survey conducted by FlexJobs found that 56% of workers polled knew someone who has either quit or is planning to quit their job due to a return to office mandate.
  • Less than one-third (31%) of US workers have been consulted about their hybrid and remote work preferences by someone at their organization. 
  • 61% of Gen Z & Millennial respondents to a 2023 nationwide poll said they would consider finding a new job if their employer reduced remote work flexibility compared to only 30% of Baby Boomers.
  • More than one-third (36%) of remote workers would rather quit or find another job than return to the office.
  • Workers who can choose when they work remotely are 32% less likely to seek another job than non-remote workers according to a recent Payscale survey.
  • Key workers are 16% less likely to stay in a job if their employer enforces a strict return to office policy.

Statistics on finding remote jobs

  • 57% of workers think remote jobs are harder to find now compared to one year ago, according to a 2023 FlexJobs survey. 
  • A 2023 FinanceBuzz survey of remote workers found that 58% were likely or very likely to look for another remote role for their next job
  • 67.4% of workers in the information industry (production & distribution on digital products & services) worked remotely at least some of the time in 2022
  • Fully remote or hybrid job vacancies receive up to seven times as many applications as fully in-person roles. 
  • Only 9% of LinkedIn job postings in July 2023 advertise remote work, but they accounted for 44% of applications sent on the platform.
  • The percentage of LinkedIn job postings advertising remote work has halved year-on-year (9% in July 2023 vs. 18% in July 2022).  
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Ryan Davis

I've spent most of my career working remotely for companies based in the USA, the UK, and Sweden. I've also done my fair share of commuting to offices and there's no doubt that remote work suits me best!