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Remote Calls Time on Location Trap as Global Workforce Revolution Study Shows 71% of Tech Workers Would Move Overseas and Work Remotely if They Could


A new study released today by Remote, an HR technology startup enabling simplified global employment, highlights the wide reaching impact Covid-19 has had on how the UK tech community views the role of location in the future of work. For many people during lockdown, remote work meant working from home, but the future may hold a more dramatic shift.

The majority of tech employees (79%) said they would move, either to a different country (71%) or a different region of the UK (8%) if they were able to work remotely and retain the same job and remuneration, with 67% believing people should be entitled to a great career regardless of where they grow up and live. 63% of tech employees believe entrepreneurs need to look beyond London if they want to find the best talent in the world and on average employees expect 33% of tech roles to be remotely located outside of the UK in five years' time. 57% of employees believe that international remote working is a better alternative to greater immigration because it allows other economies to benefit from jobs and wealth created by the tech industry.

Remote's "Global Workforce Revolution" study surveyed 764 UK tech employees and business leaders working in the most dynamic end of the tech community; tech start-ups and SMEs. The survey, conducted in July, shows how the technology sector is embracing and identifying clear benefits from remote work and rebelling against the idea that location should define access to career opportunity. Remote's study spotlights four key areas - the transition to remote work, looking beyond traditional technology hubs for talent, diversity & equality, and the next wave of benefits in the remote work era.

"For years, tech companies have been at the forefront of conceptualising the workplace of the future - whether it's innovative workplace designs, office perks, generous stipends or other professional development opportunities," said CEO and co-founder Job van der Voort. "While the tech industry has made small steps towards flexibility, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven a huge shift in mindset among how employees and business leaders view location and the future of work. Our survey shows how the tech sector can establish the blueprint for moving to a fully-remote work setup that will ultimately deliver tangible social, economic as well as employee hiring, retention, and business benefits."

Transition to Remote Work

Since the global pandemic, employers and employees are more likely to embrace a more flexible remote work mindset and approach.

Beyond London

Traditional technology hubs such as London have become less attractive for companies looking to hire and retain top tech talent.

Diversity & Equality

While more than half of respondents believe that diversity & equality is important, there is still a significant opportunity for further commitment to change.

The Next Wave of Employee Pay and Benefits

As employers and employees transition to remote work environments, traditional office perks are no longer relevant, and companies will need to think carefully how they consider pay and location.

Methodology

The survey was conducted by Sapio Research in July 2020 among 764 UK respondents who work in the UK tech community in start-ups and SMES (companies with 250 or fewer employees). The full report will be available on www.remote.com on August 12.

About Remote

Remote is the world's first self-serve platform for global payroll, tax, benefits and compliance. Remote enables companies to employ anyone anywhere in the world in minutes through the Remote platform. Founded in San Francisco in 2019 by Job van der Voort (former VP of Product at GitLab) and Marcelo Lebre (former VP of Engineering at Unbabel), Remote is a fully distributed company with employees based in several different countries.

For more information, visit www.remote.com


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