The sectors returning to the office in 2023 as remote jobs fall 6%

After nearly three years of pandemic-adjusted working patterns, Brits are being called back to the office across sectors like Creative & Design and IT, according to new research from smarter job search engine Adzuna. 

The research analysed jobs advertised on Adzuna between January 2020 and January 2023, tracking the proportion of postings which specify jobs are either ‘remote’, ‘hybrid’ or ‘office-based’/‘on-site’.

Remote working opportunities are slipping most in the Creative & Design sector, with the proportion of job ads for fully remote roles reversing -6.1 percentage points (pp) over the last three months, down from 22.1% in October to 16.0% this January. The IT sector is also seeing a contraction in remote opportunities, down -3.4pp over the last three months to 27.9%, amid a wave of return-to-office announcements.

PR and Legal are also seeing remote opportunities dive, with the proportion of job ads offering remote working down -1.5pp and -0.7pp respectively since October.

The trend is even more prominent in the US, where employers including Disney and Twitter are mandating a return to the office for their workers.

Meanwhile, designated ‘office-based’ roles are growing in some sectors, including Scientific & QA (+1.5pp), Retail (+1.1pp), Travel (+0.8pp), Graduate (+0.6pp), and Engineering (+0.6pp). The rise in graduate on-site roles may reflect a growing appetite to nurture new talent on-site and help them build work networks.

Paul Lewis, Chief Customer Officer at job search engine Adzuna, comments: “To date, UK workers have to date been resistant to the return to the office, but as the recession bites, layoffs mount up and job opportunities slow down, refusing on-site mandates is becoming higher risk. We’re seeing employers becoming firmer on return-to-office policies, following a spate of high profile mandates led by the likes of Elon Musk. Sectors like Creative & Design and IT are slowly but surely moving back to the office, in a trend we expect to see pick up through 2023.

“But while the return-to-office may be reassuring to some employers, there are some very real downsides. Flexible working is of particular importance to women, who often shoulder the burden of caring needs on top of their jobs. Forcing women back to the office could cause some to quit, burnout, or force less productive working patterns, which will only widen existing gender divides further. It’s crucial that employers maintain flexible options for those that need it, even if mandating wider return-to-office policies.”

Table 1: The sectors where ‘remote’ work is falling

SectorProportion of ‘remote’ job ads, Oct ‘22Proportion of ‘remote’ job ads, Jan ‘233 month changeCreative & Design22.13%16.04%-6.09ppIT31.31%27.85%-3.4ppPR21.92%20.38%-1.54ppLegal11.97%11.29%-0.68ppHospitality & Catering2.27%1.74%-0.53pp

Table 2: The sectors where ‘office-based/ on-site’’ work is rising

SectorProportion of ‘office-based/on-site’ job ads, Oct ‘22Proportion of ‘office-based/on-site’ job ads, Jan ‘233 month changeScientific & QA11.06%12.58%+1.52ppRetail2.10%3.15%+1.05ppTravel3.18%3.99%+0.81ppGraduate6.60%7.20%+0.60ppEngineering13.49%14.09%+0.60pp

Sectors resisting the return to the office

Not all sectors are returning to on-site work, several are instead seeing a rise in remote job opportunities.

The Admin sector is leading the charge, with the proportion of job ads for remote roles rising +14.7 percentage points (pp) between October and January 2023. Simultaneously, office-based admin roles have fallen -2.2pp over the same period.

Consultancy roles are also resisting the return to the office, with remote opportunities up 2.6pp since October, while the proportion of on-site ads has slipped -2.7pp.

The data also reveals an increase in remote roles within the Teaching sector (up +12.6pp since October), with more advisory, tutor, teaching assistant, assessor, and lecturer roles shifting to remote.

Table 3: The sectors where ‘remote’ work is rising

SectorProportion of ‘remote’ job ads, Oct ‘22Proportion of ‘remote’ job ads, Jan ‘233 month changeAdmin6.93%21.67%+14.73ppTeaching3.91%16.49%+12.59ppScientific & QA12.22%14.88%+2.67ppConsultancy12.18%14.82%+2.64ppMaintenance1.71%3.78%+2.07pp

Table 4: The sectors where ‘office-based/ on-site’’ work is falling

SectorProportion of ‘office-based/on-site’ job ads, Oct ‘22Proportion of ‘office-based/on-site’ job ads, Jan ‘233 month changeLogistics & Warehouse20.23%11.89%-8.34ppDomestic Help & Cleaning8.99%5.86%-3.13ppCustomer Services17.21%14.30%-2.91ppConsultancy9.04%6.30%-2.74ppAdmin15.28%13.08%-2.20pp

Top sectors for remote working overall

Across the UK, 12.1% of all UK job vacancies were advertised as ‘remote’ in January 2023, compared to 11.3% labelled as ‘hybrid’ and 8.5% as ‘on-site’/‘office-based’.

The top sectors advertising for remote working roles overall remain IT (27.9% of job ads), Admin (21.7%), PR (20.4%), Teaching (16.5%) and HR & Recruitment (16.1%).

Table 5: Top 10 remote working sectors, Jan 2023

SectorProportion of ‘remote’ job ads, Jan ‘23IT 27.85%Admin 21.67%PR20.38%Teaching 16.49%HR & Recruitment 16.11%Creative & Design 16.04%Scientific & QA 14.88%Sales 14.86%Consultancy 14.82%Charity & Voluntary 13.98%

Table 6: Remote, hybrid and on-site working, trends over time

DateProportion of ‘office-based’/‘on-site’ job adsProportion of ‘hybrid’ job adsProportion of ‘remote’ job adsJan 20207.3%0.4%2.9%Feb 20207.4%0.4%3.0%Mar 20207.5%0.4%3.2%Apr 20206.7%0.4%4.4%May 20206.5%0.4%6.0%Jun 20206.3%0.4%7.3%Jul 20206.8%0.4%7.5%Aug 20208.4%0.4%7.6%Sep 20208.9%0.4%8.0%Oct 20208.9%0.5%8.8%Nov 20208.8%0.5%9.8%Dec 20208.2%0.5%10.2%Jan 20217.8%0.5%11.5%Feb 20218.0%0.6%12.3%Mar 20218.3%0.6%11.8%Apr 20218.3%0.7%11.5%May 20218.6%0.8%11.0%Jun 20219.0%1.1%11.0%Jul 20219.1%1.5%11.0%Aug 20219.5%1.9%10.7%Sep 20219.3%2.5%10.5%Oct 20219.5%3.4%10.8%Nov 20219.4%4.5%11.3%Dec 20219.4%5.0%11.4%Jan 20229.0%5.7%12.4%Feb 20229.1%7.0%12.3%Mar 20229.4%7.8%11.4%Apr 20229.3%8.6%11.9%May 20229.3%9.3%11.8%Jun 20229.1%9.9%11.6%Jul 20229.1%9.9%11.5%Aug 20229.3%10.2%10.6%Sep 20229.2%10.2%9.6%Oct 20229.7%10.6%9.3%Nov 20229.8%11.0%9.4%Dec 20229.1%11.5%10.9%Jan 20228.5%11.3%12.1%

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