In January 2020, if you asked someone what their working setup was, chances are they’d have thought that was an odd question: if they worked in an office, they… worked in an office, complete with all that entailed, such as commutes and expensive lunch options.
In fact, before the pandemic, only 1.54 million people in the UK worked from home for their main job, and 10 years ago the figure was just 884,000, according to research from finder.com. In 2022, we’ve arguably been through one of the greatest collective upheavals in our working lives: Finder.com’s analysis also found that 60 per cent of the UK’s adult population worked from home during the first coronavirus lockdown, which represented a huge shift for many people.
Since then, things have changed again.
We’re now in a hybrid moment. As of February 2022, 84 per cent of workers who worked from home because of the pandemic said they planned to carry out a hybrid mix in the future, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
So will the dial move again, or is hybrid now our preferred way to work, going forward?
1. Who’s doing it?
You are more likely to work in a hybrid capacity if you’re a higher wage earner, says the ONS. 38 per cent of workers earning £40,000 or more reported hybrid working as their most common working pattern.
2. How popular is it?
The ONS also reports that as of February this year, 42 per cent of workers planned to work mostly at home, and sometimes at their place of work – a 12 per cent jump on the year before.
3. Is hybrid better than full remote?
Finder.com’s study found that 30.9 per cent of remote workers say that they struggle with loneliness when working remotely. This was balanced by 65 per cent who said they’re more productive at home and 75 per cent who say that productivity is due to reduced distractions.
4. How many days in the office is ideal?
This one is still up for grabs. Recent Gallup research identified that 38 per cent of workers would like to be in the office two to three days a week, while 29 per cent want to be there less than two days.
5. Is hybrid here to stay?
Gallup’s research also shows that managers prefer hybrid work. “Typically, leaders want to honor the flexibility that employees desire, but they are concerned about sustaining team performance and culture if team members work primarily from home, long-term,” the report states.
If you’d like to look for a new role that offers you better opportunities, then we have three to check out below, as well as lots more to discover on the Fintech Times Job Board.
Infrastructure Engineer, Starling Bank
As an Infrastructure Engineer at Starling, you’ll be building and supporting infrastructure that spans AWS, Google Cloud and Starling Bank’s physical data centres to support its internal operations. You will also be interfacing with software engineering teams to deliver the infrastructure that drives the bank’s business. Additionally you’ll design and build patterns and frameworks to be used by engineering teams and take ownership of projects and ensure timely delivery. To do this role you’ll need a thorough understanding of data centre network technologies, a strong understanding of TCP/IP networking and experience with monitoring, network diagnostic and network analytics tools and experience with infrastructure as code and infrastructure provisioning tools (Cloudformation, Terraform). Interested? Apply now.
Lead Development Representative (London), SumUp
The Lead Development Representative handles the UK and Ireland region, and will become part of SumUp‘s first internal startup: the Point of Sale team. A separate software-as-a-service (SaaS) business around a Point of Sale Register product for European markets, you’ll join an interdisciplinary team solving problems. You’ll be identifying inbound leads, building relationships, and working towards targets to secure growth. You’ll be a fit for this role if you are empathetic and can develop nourishing relationships with customers and team members, you’re an active listener and you intuitively identify your customer’s needs, and you’re tech-savvy and eager to learn about a dynamic industry. Find out more.
CRM Manager (London), Monese
Digital bank alternative Monese is seeing a CRM Manager to be an early member of a new team where you’ll get the chance to leave your mark on new and unique financial products, not yet seen in the industry. You’ll work alongside product designers, developers, copywriters, and marketing managers to deliver some career defining projects. You’ll be building a robust CRM strategy in line with local and global priorities, and day-to-day, you’ll own the hands-on execution of CRM campaigns and canvases, while ensuring the best user experience. To do the job, you will need a strong interest in CRM/ email marketing/ automation, an ability to learn quickly ,and have working experience with CRM tooling plus experience working with customer data and segmentation. Find out more here.