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Work from home increased to nearly 15% of all job openings paying $ 80,000 or more in the US and Canada in the third quarter of this year, according to an investigation by job listing site Ladders. Those high-wage jobs accounted for about 13% in the previous quarter, and just 4% in early 2020.
The finance and insurance industries have seen the largest increase in the number of high-paying remote jobs, followed by the legal and accounting, retail and consumer goods, aerospace and media industries.
The pandemic has significantly altered the way people work, and it seems that the changes are here to stay. When COVID-19 hit the US in March 2020, many companies had to quickly adjust to having their employees work from home, finding new ways to communicate and trying to stay connected despite office closures.
Workers suddenly had to convert their homes into their own offices. But now that nearly 57% of the US population is vaccinated and companies have asked for employees to return to the office, many workers have grown accustomed to the benefits of remote work.
Ladders research shows that companies must be flexible to attract and retain workers, especially as employers are desperate to have enough people to run their operations.
Over 40% of employees said they would look for a new job or quit if told they had to return to an office full timeaccording to recent data from monthly surveys of 5,000 US employees conducted by the University of Chicago, Institute of Technology. Autónomo de México and Stanford University, as reported in Money.
Of course, not everyone can work from home. There is a large disparity between the number of Hispanic and African American workers and white workers who can work remotely. One in six Hispanic workers and one in five African American workers may work remotely due to COVID-19 compared to one in four white workers, according to a June report from the Institute for Economic Policy.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.