Hybrid working is a key factor in moving jobs, cited by nearly half (47%) UK employees who are looking to do so by the end of 2024.
Research commissioned by Beyond found that the pandemic has heightened the demand for hybrid working, with 43% of those who had changed roles since the start of 2022 now seeking new employment for better remote or hybrid working options.
The workspace company’s survey of 1,262 adults in part-time or full-time work revealed that overall, almost two in five (39%) people are considering finding new positions within the next year, with four in five (80%) believing that the increase in flexible working is the single best outcome of the pandemic.
Wybo Wijnbergen, CEO of Beyond, said: “Hybrid working arrangements have been both a professional and cultural movement, going from a ‘nice-to-have’ perk to a ‘must-have’ for workers globally. Our research underlines that in the UK,finding roles with flexibility has become a top priority for employees – and we should certainly expect this to shape millions of people’s career decisions in 2024.
“What does that mean for business leaders? For one, it is an opportunity to attract and retain top talent, if they can tap into that sentiment. If they can offer flexibility in how, when and where people work, that will better enable them to build great teams – and if they want to encourage their employees to commute into their place of work, then that place of work better be great, too.”
Beyond’s study also showed that more than a third (36%) of UK employees are currently in jobs that mandate on-site working, including roles such as nurses, doctors, construction workers and teachers.
For those in positions where hybrid working is possible, 44% have this model in place, while three in 10 (30%) are fully in the office and 22% are fully remote.