Work from home (WFH) has become the new normal as companies across India have announced the extension of their remote work policies. Hiring for remote jobs has seen a three-fold rise as compared to pre-Covid-19 levels this year, a report published by jobs portal Naukri.com said.
WFH jobs have witnessed a seven fold growth in applications in the last few months as compared to pre-pandemic times, the report added.
Even the percentage contribution of WFH jobs has gone up by four times in 2020 versus 2019 as a result of the pandemic.
According to the report, the keyword, ‘work-from-home’ has been one of the top three most searched keywords by job seekers in the last five months on Naukri’s platform.
“We have seen the work-from-home trend grow in the last few years but the growth has accelerated multi-fold due to the global pandemic. While the office is here to stay, greater acceptance of remote working will pave way for a hybrid-working model in the coming future. It’s also interesting to note that traditionally office based or on-ground roles such as sales, business development and customer care agents are now being offered with WFH options,” Pawan Goyal, Chief Business Officer at Naukri.com said in a statement.
Around half of remote job postings are from the business process outsourcing and information technology enabled services or BPO/ITES sector. IT-software, education, teaching and internet/ecommerce contribute to another quarter of work from home jobs.
The report further highlights that WFH jobs have also emerged in unlikely sectors such as publishing, BFSI (banking financial services and insurance) and education/teaching that have conventionally required the physical presence of the employee. However, the most impacted industries like travel and staffing continue to decline in hiring even in remote jobs.
Recruitment platform Naukri.com is owned by New Delhi based Info Edge. The company provides hiring-related services to corporates, recruiters, placement agencies and job seekers in India and overseas. Apart from job listings, it provides response management tools.
It has 77 offices in 47 cities in India and overseas offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.