Job Seeker Interest in Remote Work Grew by 85% in 2 Years

Job searches for remote work grew 85% in the last two years

Work as we know it is in a state of flux — the hours spent doing it, where it takes place and the kinds of tasks it entails are all being redefined. And workers, not necessarily employers, are driving these changes.

A new study from the Indeed Hiring Lab shows that job seeker interest in remote work grew 85% over the last two years — just one of a number of search terms related to flexible work that are on the rise, along with “part-time” and “work from home.”

The popularity of flexible work options is a strong sign that candidates now have more choices about where and when they work, and this is good news for job seekers and employers alike. With more options, job seekers are better able to look for the right job rather than any job, applying for the ones that feel like the best fit.

As our chief economist, Tara M. Sinclair, puts it, “Remote work provides a way for job seekers to move in different career directions without being limited by where that work is done. It also provides options for employers who find it hard to choose one location that will satisfy all of their talent constituencies — something that’s especially important when hiring candidates with in-demand skills.”

For example, another Indeed Hiring Lab study shows that Millennials would prefer to work in large cities while Gen X and Baby Boomers prefer suburban locations. Offering flexible options is one way for employers to reach them all.

To learn more about how job seeker interests are shifting, download the full report, The Talent Driven Economy: Emerging Interests of Today’s Job Seeker.