35 Remote Working Statistics You Should Know

Henry Bevan, July 24, 2020

Remote working has definitely been the business buzzword of 2020.

As we recently revealed, COVID-19 has shifted the paradigm of how team members work and will work in the future.

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Employees are no longer be happy with 9-5 in the office. Team members are experiencing the benefits of remote working. They’re happy they don’t need to do their stressful commute anymore, they’re happy they can work without office distractions and they’re happy they can fit work around their lives.

Despite the documented perks and countless testimonials to its greatness, some businesses are still skeptical about remote working. Many don’t see it as relevant to their business, others aren’t sure how to manage remote workers and many team members are worried about communication. These are all valid concerns. An emerging workplace culture means change, and change is intimidating.

However, COVID-19 has forced businesses uninterested in or not technologically prepared for remote working to prep their teams for home working.

While the world seems to be waking up, it’s clear that COVID-19 has changed workplaces forever. Businesses have now enabled remote working, but they must now prepare for what’s next: remote working being a hallmark of every office.

Remote working will continue to grow. So, ITEC has gathered some remote working stats to help you understand the trend, why employees are happier with it and the opportunities it can bring to your business.

35 Remote Working Statistics You Should Know Right Now

The Need for Remote Working

Top Remote Working Industries



Remote Working Growth

  • The remote working culture has grown by 91% since 2010 (Flexjobs)
  • 42% of team members who have the option to remote work will do so more in the future (Owl Labs)
  • 95% of people would encourage their friends or family to work remotely (Buffer)
  • 32% of businesses suggest remote working practices will be a permanent fixtures of their business models going forward (Xerox)

HR and Recruitment

  • 30% of workers would chose remote working over a pay rise (PowWowNow)
  • 72% of hiring professionals believe work flexibility will be important to the future of HR and recruiting (LinkedIn)
  • 69% of Millennial workers would trade other employee benefits for remote work (Owl Labs)
  • 83% of workers say remote work opportunities would make them happier in their job (Owl Labs)
  • 53% of remote workers are less likely to take time off (CoSo Cloud)
  • 81% of remote workers are more likely to recommend their employer (Owl Labs)
  • 74% of remote workers will stay with their company longer than most (Owl Labs)

Remote Worker Behaviours

  • 77% of remote working employees are more productive than their office-based teammates (CoSo Cloud)
  • 39% of remote workers work longer hours than office-based employees (Cardiff University)
  • 90% of workers earning more than £20,000 regularly use the internet for work (Office of National Statistics)
  • 84% of remote workers choose work from home more than any other location (Buffer)
  • 53% of remote workers are less likely to take sick days or annual leave (CoSo Cloud)

Favourite Technology for Remote Workers

  • Office365 saves remote workers an hour a day in work (Microsoft)
  • 2.7 billion meeting minutes in one day on Microsoft Teams (Microsoft)
  • 47% of UK remote meetings have been done over video in 2020 (Microsoft)
  • 96% of workers strongly agree that video conferencing improves team connectedness (Owl Labs)
  • Email is the primary method of communication for remote workers (CoSo Cloud)
  • 85% of remote workers miss their multi-function device (Xerox)
  • 31% of organisations believe their print has helped them handle remote working and digital disruption (Quocira)

Remote Working Challenges

  • 19% of remote workers say loneliness is their biggest problem (Buffer)
  • 39% of employees don’t think they collaborate enough (Visix)
  • Less than half of remote workers believe they don’t have the right type of internet security training (GetApp)

Taking the Next Steps Towards Remote Working

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your remote working capabilities for future developments, looking to hire your first remote employee or looking to move to a complete remote working workforce, technology can help you keep up with this emerging trend.

If you would like to know more about some of the collaboration software security, check out this blog post about Microsoft Teams security. If you need a little bit of inspiration, you can find out more about how ITEC has helped implement a remote working culture at three major businesses.

If you’re a manager looking to engage with a remote working culture, here’s a guide that can help you get started.



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