Workers could earn up to £30,000 more by working remotely, study finds

Nadia Vatalidis, Vice President of People at Remote

According to the House of Commons, the cost of living crisis is effecting 93% of UK adults. The study found one potential solution to this could be applying for remote roles. The study, by global HR experts Remote, showed that remote roles in the UK are paying around £6,000 more than the industry average – and for some roles this increased to £31,000.

What were the key findings from Remote’s study?

  • Web developers have the highest chance of finding a remote job opportunity in the UK with nearly one in three jobs advertised as remote (31%).

  • The information technology industry is the UK’s most remote-friendly sector in 2022 offering workers the most remote opportunities.

  • Remote-based real estate agents, architects and designers can get paid up to £31,000 more on average than their industries overall average salary.

It has been reported that August 2022 saw searches in the UK for ‘remote jobs’ hit their highest ever level — but are employers on the same page as those they want to employ?

To find out the current climate for remote jobs, Global HR Solution experts at Remote have looked at data from Glassdoor to determine which job roles and industries currently offer the most remote career opportunities (and are the most lucrative). his has been done by analysing how remote wages compare to industry averages in the respective fields.

What jobs have the most remote opportunities?

Remote’s study found that 31.39% of web developer jobs advertised on Glassdoor state that the job is remote-based, followed by software engineers and translators. Closely after comes editors and data scientists. The top 10 jobs with the most remote opportunities include:

Rank

Job Role

UK % of jobs that are remote

1

Web Developer

31.39%

2

Software Engineer

29.14%

3

Translator

22.98%

4

Editor

18.22%

5

Data Scientist

17.46%

6

Cyber Security

16.32%

7

Copywriter

14.81%

8

Account Manager

13.47%

9

Architect

12.38%

10

Data Analyst

11.95%

It was reported back in January 2022 that nearly three-quarters of software engineers would prefer to work in fully remote roles. Remote’s research shows nearly a third of employers hiring software engineers in the UK have adapted, with an average of 29.1% of software engineering jobs advertised as fully remote. Other job roles include translators, data scientists, account managers, with 23%, 17%, 13% of remote roles advertised respectively.

What sectors offer the most remote opportunities?

Remote also analysed industry data overall to determine the sectors that offer the most remote opportunity. The study by remote also analysed industry data overall. The top 10 include:

Rank

Industry

UK % of jobs that are remote

1

Information Technology

13.9%

2

Management & Consulting

12.7%

3

Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology

10.4%

4

Media & Communication

10.4%

5

Non-profit & NGO

10.2%

6

Personal Consumer Services

9.2%

7

Insurance

8.8%

8

Telecommunications

8.7%

9

Government & Public Administration

7.7%

10

Finance

7.5%

Nearly one in six information technology roles in the UK are advertised as remote (13.9%). Due to its online nature, this sector has a lot more opportunity for solely online work than other industries such as the hospitality (0.7%) or transportation sector (0.4%).

Media & communication, finance and insurance also rank as some of the best industries for remote work. Industries such as education (5.3%) and health (1.8%) still rank as the lowest. However, remote trends have been able to enter these industries through different job roles such as online learning, admin, payroll, and customer service departments.

What difference can employees make working remotely?

Whilst the obvious difference between remote and non-remote roles is an individual’s working environment, our research reveals that there are significant differences in the salaries employees can earn too. The analysed job roles and compared industry averages to the average remote salary to determine how much more or less you could be earning remotely.

Of the 40 roles examined, 31 earn more when working remotely. The top five roles with the biggest increase in wages for a fully remote role compared to industry averages include:

Rank

Job role

Industry average salary

Average salary remote jobs

Difference in salaries

1

Real Estate Agent

£27,169

£58,947

+£31,778

2

Architect

£31,595

£62,200

+£30,605

3

Design

£30,871

£55,143

+£24,272

4

Nutritionist

£30,206

50694

+£20,488

5

Recruiter

£28,513

£43,654

+£15,141

When compared to the real estate industry average salary (£27,169 per year), Remote’s research shows that jobs hiring remote working real estate agents are being advertised at around £58,947, over £30,000 more each year. Architects come in as the next role where workers can earn far more when working remotely. With an industry average salary of £31,595, this figure climbs up to an impressive £62,000, which is a £30,605 increase.

With remote roles continuing to increase across all industries, will your next role be fully remote? Nadia Vatalidis, VP of People at Remote adds; “Employers hiring for remote roles have a much larger selection of top tier candidates and a reduced need for costly office space among other benefits. In addition, employees who prefer the remote life-work balance gain increased flexibility and the potential opportunity to work from anywhere in the world.”