Jobs portal CareerJunction has published its Employment Insights for February 2022, revealing current remote working trends in South Africa.
“As a result of Covid-19, remote work opportunities have become the new norm globally,” said CareerJunction.

The career specialist stressed that businesses are looking to employ people remotely to save on office overhead costs and increase the attractiveness of working for their organisations. The Career Junction Employment Insights Report offers an analysis of the supply and demand trends in the online job market and represents online labour dynamics in South Africa.

The report is based on data gathered from over 5,000 of the country’s top recruiting agencies and employers – put together by the Saongroup South Africa.

CareerJunction showed that 2% of South Africa’s vacant jobs across the country are full-time work-from-home options.

“The freedom of working remotely improves work-life balance for many employees by reducing commutes and allowing for more time for domestic duties or a lunchtime gym session,” said Career Junction.

The trend towards remote work can be seen by companies such as multinational information technology consultancy and servicing company Accenture which is set to make hybrid working and working from home a permanent fixture in South Africa.

“When we look at the future, we think work will now predominantly be done remotely and that flexibility is going to be a key driver. We aim to make sure that our people keep a balanced life at work and home to support our clients,” said Accenture.

According to CareerJunction, compared to January 2020, in South Africa, there are 46 times more vacancies with the option of working from home.

The following sectors are offering more remote job opportunities:

· Information Technology

· Finance

· Business and Management

· Sales

· Admin, office and support

When comparing hiring activity over the last three years, CareerJunction found that the information technology sector seems to have recovered from the slowdown in recruitment activity due to Covid-19.

In the early parts of 2022, the information technology, finance and business and management sectors all seem to be at a point where there are more job vacancies than the year prior.

Office spaces forced to adapt as employees shun the 9 to 5 in South Africa

Commercial property groups dealing in corporate office space, hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and two years of lockdown, are shifting their business models to focus on the growing need for flexible working spaces.

With the Covid-19 pandemic now entering an endemic phase, and only a few lockdown restrictions remaining in place, experts believe many South Africans will start making their way back to offices across the country.

However, they say things will never be like they were before, with many businesses looking at hybrid models of working – or some allowing a permanent work-from-home shift.

Big telcos like MTN and banks like Standard Bank are adopting permanent hybrid work-from-home policies, while other groups like Nedbank are allowing employees to work from home permanently.

Several surveys have shown that most employees don’t want to return to normal (pre-Covid) office hours and are willing to quit their jobs to avoid it.