Florida Ranks High Among States with Most Remote Working Jobs
By Space Coast Daily // October 27, 2020
Remote work isn’t just a trend these days, but a necessity for many people who value their health and safety during the covid-19 pandemic. A new report reveals that Florida is one of the States to be for anyone looking for remote or work from home job opportunities.
According to a survey by Flexbjos, Florida ranks just behind California in terms of total remote work job postings since January 1st, 2019.
Some fields are more popular than others for remote jobs. Professions like data entry and editing are among the easiest to perform from the comfort of your own home. Many job listings for companies such as Kaplan,Tampa-based Kforce, and Sykes Enterprises are now based at home.
Clearwater and Miami Beach have the most remote workers in the state at 9.5 and 8.6%, respectively. As a whole, the State of Florida has 6.2% of its workers in remote positions.
The U.S. as a whole had 3.4- 4.3% of the workforce in remote jobs. Note that these numbers were compiled from remote job listings starting January 2019 – since the pandemic, they have risen even higher.
Remote work is more likely to become a permanent reality for many more Floridians. According to Nicolas Bloom of Professor of Economics at Stanford, the stigma attached to remote jobs has been shed, thanks to the pandemic. He also thinks that working from home is here to stay.
Per Bloom, organizations he has consulted with intend to keep workers at home to some degree post-pandemic. This could mean many more Floridians will be joining the ranks of those who work remotely.
When asked if this means should companies get rid of their office space, Bloom answers with a resounding “No.” But he would recommend companies look for smaller offices in less dense areas like suburbs.
Statistics On Remote Work In The US
Remote work has been growing in popularity in the United States. The pandemic has elevated those numbers out of necessity. Almost half of U.S. workers are working from a home office at this time. Before the outbreak, that number was considerably lower but had been increasing each year.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, remote work was also viewed as a reward or a privilege. It was not treated as a viable location for an employee to work from. Remote employees were viewed differently than their counterparts in the office.
Remote Work Equals Working from Home
With covid-19 not showing much signs of abating in most states, people can expert remote work to mean working from home, instead of at the coffee shop or a coworking space.
According to Elizabeth Martin, a Floridian and interior designer at Elizabeth Martin Design, many of her clients are now working from home and looking to repurpose a bedroom to become a home office.
“It looks like people are digging in for the long haul. Remote work essentially equates to working from home for the foreseeable future based on people I’ve talked to.”
Florida already had a considerable number of residents that were employed and worked for their companies remotely. The state ranked just behind California in sheer numbers. However, those numbers are now higher than ever due to the pandemic and won’t decrease until 2022 at the earliest.