The number of teleworkers has grown by 7.7% in the region in the last year, although the community remains one of the regions with the least implementation of this format
Extremadura is one of the six autonomous communities in which teleworking grew in 2021, but it is still below the average with 9.5%. The number of employees who telecommute in the region has grown by 7.7% in the last year, although the community remains one of the regions with the least implementation of this format, with 9.5% of the total employed .
This follows from the conclusions of the Adecco Monitor of Opportunities and Job Satisfaction, published this Tuesday, which places Extremadura as the sixth community where remote work grew the most in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to an average decrease of 4 percent.
However, the Extremaduran community is one of those with the lowest implementation of teleworking, almost five points below the national average, which was 14.4 percent, a figure that represents the lowest figure in the last five quarters.
This downward trend accumulates three consecutive quarters of year-on-year reduction, reaching 2.74 million workers teleworking in the fourth quarter of 2021, 4% less than between October and December 2020.
In most of the autonomous communities, the same behavior has been observed at the end of 2021, with falls of 21.2% in Asturias or 19.4% in the Balearic Islands. However, in other regions of Spain, teleworking increased, as in the case of the Basque Country, with 25.9% more people, or the Valencian Community, with 24.7%.
However, at the end of the fourth quarter of last year, Madrid was the Community with the greatest presence of teleworking, with 24.3% of workers using this modality, two percentage points more than a year ago. Catalonia ranks second, with 17% of teleworkers.
On the contrary, Cantabria, with 8.5% of teleworkers among its employed population, and Navarra, with 8.6%, are the regions with the least telework in Spain.
The director of the Adecco Group Institute, Javier Blasco, explains that there is a “correlation between the greater penetration of teleworking and those territories with a strong presence of organizations in the office sector, technology and headquarters of large companies and multinationals.”
“There has been less consolidation of teleworking in public administrations compared to what happened in private companies, a scenario that seems to be consolidating after the entry into force of the decree that regulates remote work for civil servants has been frozen,” he adds.
Despite the drop in teleworking after the pandemic, it is much more developed than it was a few years ago. In 2019, the number of teleworkers barely represented 8.3%, while in 2016 it was 6.4%.
Throughout 2021, in addition to reducing the number of people with telework, part-time work has also fallen to 2012 levels. In the last year, 61,100 part-time jobs disappeared, while 901,700 full-time jobs were created . Blasco points out that the evolution of the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) must be taken into account since “many companies have transformed part-time shifts into full-time shifts as a result of the exit from the crisis.”
The number of part-time employees has been reduced in seven autonomous regions, especially in Balares, Catalonia and Asturias. Aragón and the Canary Islands have registered the opposite trend, although Navarra is the autonomous community with the most part-time employees, 15.7%.
For its part, Extremadura is the sixth region with the highest proportion of part-time employees, with 14.4%, above the national average, which was 13.9%.
More strikes and more participation
The number of participants in strikes accumulates three consecutive quarters of increases, with 24.6 strikers for every 10,000 employed persons, in the fourth quarter of the year, 2% more than in the previous year.
La Rioja registered the largest number of strikers, followed by the Valencian Community and Castilla y León. However, the Basque Country continues to be the community with the most strikers, with 82.5 participants for every 10,000 employed.
On the opposite side is Extremadura. In this community, participation grew by 79.5% year-on-year, but it only has 7.6 strikers for every 10,000 employees. In Castilla-La Mancha it is 9.8 participants and in Murcia, 10.1 participants.
The national average stands at 11.2 conflicts per 100,000 companies, 18.6% more than in the fourth quarter of 2020. The number of conflicts has increased in 16 communities, especially in La Rioja, Castilla y León, the Balearic Islands and Valencian Community, although the largest number of conflicts are recorded in the Basque Country, Navarra and Asturias.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.