- Employers have cut back on remote work opportunities, according to a tech recruiting site, but applicants are still hungry for such roles.
- Nearly a year ago, 46% of jobs listed on BuiltIn.com were remote, according to Feb. 23 data from the site. Last month, that number dropped to 38%.
- But a disproportionate number of applications — 70% — go to those remote jobs, revealing what Built In’s CEO called a gap between what companies offer and what candidates want. And that disconnect could leave companies struggling to match workers with jobs, Built In said in a statement.
The disconnect between employers and job applicants on remote work could leave companies in a bind, according to the platform’s CEO, Maria Christopolous Katris.
Businesses in nearly every industry say they’re working to balance a variety of needs amid the remote and hybrid work booms driven by the pandemic. Some studies show workers much prefer remote jobs, and when roles aren’t tied to a geographic area, employers may find themselves with access to a larger and more diverse talent pool.
But some research shows that anxiety and depression may be tied to remote work. And in hybrid arrangements, employers may struggle with a lack of trust between co-workers and low engagement among leaders.
Built In’s findings focused on tech jobs, but its CEO recommended that all employers take note of the trend. “[E]very company is a tech company or they will be soon, so competition for tech talent remains steep,” she said. “Companies that deliver the flexible work arrangements candidates seek — hybrid and remote opportunities — are likely to win the talent and innovation race.”