Does the Triangle have fewer suitable remote jobs than other regions?

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Employers in the Triangle are less likely to allow remote working than companies nationwide, according to a report released Friday by technology investors.

The group, Telstra Ventures, finds that only 5.7% of jobs posted by companies in Raleigh and Durham from April 1 through Wednesday are distance fitting, well below the national average of 14.2%.

The group examined 371,000 job vacancies from 8,000 companies in 27 technology hubs across the country. The Raleigh and Durham tandem ranks below all but two others – Charlotte and Houston.

“There are people migrating to North Carolina, but it’s really interesting that businesses in North Carolina aren’t so open to empowering them remotely,” Saad Siddiqui, director of Telstra Ventures said Friday. .

The study found that Columbus, Ohio was the most remote tech hub in the country with 27% of openings allowing work to be done from anywhere.

The main reason for the Triangle’s low score – the types of jobs that are open now, the authors said.

More than a third of the job postings they looked at are in the health sciences, where only around 10% of the job postings allow employees to work remotely.

“There is a very high proportion of vacancies for healthcare professionals in the region,” said Jonathan Serfaty, head of data science at Telstra, adding that this is why “we are seeing less work. remotely ”.

Of course, not all work can be done from just anywhere. Telstra finds that nearly a quarter of published professional legal jobs and about a fifth of positions in sales, products and design offer the best choice for remote work.

Rob Downs, a Triangle-based remote work consultant, says from an IT perspective, the region’s relatively low score “is probably true” and says improvements are needed in the technology infrastructure. – consider greater fiber optic Internet connectivity – to compete with certain large metropolitan areas.

Remote working became popular early in the pandemic when employees were asked to perform their duties outside of the office in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Siddiqui says the pandemic has changed the way many workers approached their jobs and embraced working from home.

“We’ve been sort of retrained as to how we do the work we do,” he said.

The Triangle is on the verge of positioning itself as the Silicon Valley of the Southeast, with Apple and Google each announcing their intention to set up certain operations there in the years to come.

Serfaty says providing employees with the ability to work remotely is “a professional advantage” in attracting and retaining talented workers. He says managerial positions are more likely to be remote than entry and mid-level positions.

“Basically, if you’re going to look for talent in these hard-to-hire positions, we see it as a competitive advantage to be able to offer this opportunity remotely,” said Serfaty.

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