Telework will continue in the world after the health crisis

The OECD has studied the development of part of the remote job offer on the Indeed platform, based on the strengthening or easing of health restrictions. According to the organization, job offers with telework should be steady at 7.5%.

The health crisis has encouraged the rise of telecommunications. The practice is expected to continue even after the health restrictions are lifted. It has many advantages, especially for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The OECD has studied the growth of the share of distant jobs on the Indeed platform, according to the strengthening or easing of health restrictions in 20 different countries. According to the organization, jobs with telecommuting are expected to stabilize at 7.5%, a level that has more than tripled since the pandemic.

Not all businesses are acquired by teleworking. While this has become necessary in the digital sectors and highly qualified businesses – the share of telecommunications for IT or marketing functions climbs to 11% – the practice’s use for productive functions does not reach 1%. Note, in France, according to the National Association of HRD (ANDRH), 60% of people work in occupations that cannot be teleworked.

A temporary solution for some countries

The increase in telecom offers is very uneven on a country by country basis. Where digital infrastructure was strong, the end of health restrictions did not slow telecommunications use, such as in the United States where it has stabilized at 7%, or even in northern Europe such as in the Netherlands. Bass, in Luxembourg or even Finland, where one in three employees telecommutes.

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But in countries where digital technology is less developed, old habits quickly returned and teleworking disappeared from job offers. In Italy, where teleworking increased to 9% of offers during the pandemic, it dropped by 5 points.

One exception exists: Japan. In a country where restrictions have been very limited, telework has not found its place. Less than 1% of job offers offer remote work.

At the height of the crisis, telework represented up to 10% of the GDP of some countries.
Like the United States. According to the OECD, the same goes for France, the United Kingdom or Germany. In countries least prepared for the digital age, teleworking was a temporary back-up solution, but it was quickly phased out.

Edited by Thomas Schnell Pauline Dumonteil

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