IT is the best choice for remote roles and offers the highest salaries, study reveals

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 by Sue FranklinNo comments

Almost every third job in IT is remote, making the sector a leader when it comes to flexible working, a new study  by electronic retailer Currys reveals. 

Since the end of the pandemic there has been a shift in mentality for many desk workers in the UK, with nearly half of them (49%) stating their desire for a flexible role has increased. A staggering 43% of Brits said they would NOT apply for an advertised job if the description didn’t explicitly state that it was flexible. 

To find out which industries offer more work-from-home jobs and the average salaries, electronic retailer Currys analysed 762 remote job listings to see which industry offered the most remote roles and which offered the highest average salary for this working situation. 

The analysis revealed that the highest percentage of remote roles were in the IT industry (29%), followed by financial services (21%) and then sales (16%). 

Remote jobs in IT also offered the highest average salary for their work-from-home positions, with £60,148 being the average salary for a remote role in this industry. 

Since remote working started to take an upward swing, the ability to work from anywhere, along with achieving a better work-life balance in the model, has been highlighted as its two major advantages. 
However, working from anywhere doesn’t necessarily mean the same salary. Figures reveal that the average work-from-home salary varies across the UK. The analysis found that companies based in the UK county of Hampshire were offering the highest average remote annual salary at £80,750. This was followed by East Sussex at £73,614 and Kent at £72,650. 

Surprisingly, despite a higher cost of living and the typical offering of London weighting, London did not rank high on the table of best average WFH salary, with central London remote roles offering an average of £58,760. This may be because despite the company being based in London, the remote offering means workers may not have the same London-associated costs, meaning a lower salary can be offered.

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