08/19/2021 Jeni Kramer

Quarterly jobs update: Growth of remote jobs + all occupations

Though the beginning of Q2 held all the promise of a “normal” summer with gatherings, vacations and business as usual without the looming specter of COVID, 2021 is beginning to feel a bit like deja vu all over again. Though it’s tough to say if Delta is driving some of the slight changes we’re seeing, we remain braced for the possibility of reinstated restrictions or lockdowns to combat the variant’s spread.

Overall we saw solid job demand growth at 15.5% in Q2, a slight slowdown from the 16.5% growth we saw the previous quarter. Perhaps an early sign that the red hot job market may be on the verge of a cooldown? It’s too early to say, however, as employer demands change we will continue to monitor the trends.

Occupations on the rise

Q2 also saw employer job listings grow across all occupations. Some of the standouts were: 

  • Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media: +29.0%
  • Business and Financial Operations: +28.8%
  • Educational Instruction and Library: +28.5%

As we look past Q2, more recently we saw growth at the occupation level continuing in July, with 100% of occupations seeing growth in the month.

On the top you have Protective Service Occupation up 6.90%, Business and Financial Operations Occupations up  6.43%, and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations up 5.95%. Here’s a closer look at those top occupations:

The occupations with the least amount of positive growth in July were Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations up a meager 0.70%, Personal Care and Service Occupations up just 1.07%, and Architecture and Engineering Occupations growing only 1.12%. You can see the three occupations experienced slow growth after their job listings previously boomed.

Rise in remote jobs

Along with occupations, interest in work from positions is up as well. According to Google trends data, job seeker searches for “remote jobs” have increased 127% since the recent low in March 2021.  For many industries and occupations, working remotely is becoming the new normal, though it remains to be seen how it will impact workplace dynamics in the long term.

Much has been said about remote work becoming a permanent part of office life, but it seems many are still grappling with how to accommodate this shift and provide equitable opportunities for in-person and remote employees. Some experts believe that large scale remote work has the potential to redistribute centers of wealth (both economic and knowledge) in this country away from large urban areas and create a more balanced employment landscape. Google has already been publicly called to task for potential pay cuts to be levied against employees who exercise remote work options from outside of expensive urban areas. So while job seeker interest continues to grow, growing pains remain part of the process.