Australian workers’ appetite for heading into the office each day seems to be waning.
That’s the clear finding from the latest Labour Market Outlook from Indeed.com, the world’s largest job site.
By mining the millions of searches that Australians and other workers around the globe make each day on Indeed’s job site, the company said that “job seekers in Australia are searching for flexible work two and a half times more often than they were two years ago”.
Indeed measured the search for flexible work by capturing the number of search terms including words such as “remote”, “work from home”, “weekend”, “part-time” and “telecommute”.
Globally, searches including these terms have increased 42.1% over the last two years in the 12 countries included in Indeed’s report. But in Australia, such searches have increased by more than 250%.
Naturally it’s high skilled jobs which make up the lion’s share of searches for flexible work, with more than half of the top 50 keywords searches for flexible work.
“Many are in the tech and healthcare fields, where talent is scarce,” Indeed said.
“In Australia, the occupations most likely to receive interest for remote work are computer and mathematical, healthcare support and management occupations,” they added.
Indeed, chief economist, Tara Sinclair, commented:
“Employers are underestimating the interest from highly-skilled workers in flexible options. New technologies have given rise to new ways of working, and Australian job seekers now want to have a greater say in when and where they work.”