Remote work numbers

I would like to share some research results related to remote work (different organisations and different amount of participants).

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For example, in 2020, 98% of people would like to work remotely, and 97% of participants told they would recommend remote work to others (according to Buffer and AngelList).

75% of current workers say they plan to work remotely for the rest of their career. People like remote work as much as they believe it would be suitable for other people as well. Perverts.

We can see a major upward trend in the number of people working remotely in the U.S. From 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. Over the last five years, it grew 44%, and over the previous 10 years, it grew 91%.

Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work.

Global Workplace Analytics mentioned 173% of growth in the U.S remote work between 2005 and 2018.

Actually, 4.7 million people were already working remotely from home before the COVID-19 pandemic (Flexjobs).


  • 57% work full-time remote
  • 27% work more than half of their time remotely
  • 18% stated they work remotely for less than half of their time (Buffer and AngelList)

Another research showed: 52% of global employees work remotely once a week, and 68% do so at least once per month (Owl Labs)

Condeco Software survey says:


  • 80% from home

In 2018–78% of respondents indicated they worked mainly from home and in 2019 it was 84%.

  • 9% from office
  • 7% from coworking

Some reports say that by 2022, there will be an estimated 25,968 coworking spaces worldwide

  • 3% from coffee shops


  • 70% indicated they are happy with the amount of time they work remotely
  • 19% would like to work remotely more often
  • 11% would like to work remotely less often
  • 97 would recommend remote work to others (Buffer and AngelList)

Struggles and Benefits:

  • 32% like to have a flexible schedule (53% of U.S. participants in Statista research)
  • 26% happy to have flexible working space (work from anywhere)
  • 21% glad they don’t need to commute (Buffer and AngelList)

The Ford European Commuter Survey of 5,503 commuters in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome found that for commuters, “the journey to work causes more stress than their actual jobs (or even the dentist).”

  • 11% appreciate remote work for having more time with family
  • 7% like to work from home as a safe and well-known environment


  • 20% struggle with communication and collaboration (same 20% proved by Buffer research)
  • 20% (according to Buffer) and 19% (according to Buffer) feel loneliness
  • 18% undergo for not unplugging from work
  • 12% suffer from disruption working from home
  • 10% struggle of being in a different time zone than colleagues
  • 7% feel a lack of motivation
  • 3% cant find reliable wifi (Buffer and AngelList)


  • 87% of companies don’t cover remote work expenses
  • 30% cover expenses fully or partially (Buffer and AngelList)


  • 74% of companies plan to shift 5% of their employees to remote working permanently
  • 25% going to move 10%
  • 25% going to move 10%
  • 4% of the respondents plan to have about 50% (Gartner)

Statista reported 25% of respondent companies going to move 10% of their employees to permanent remote after COVID 19.

Owl Labs remote work statistics revealed 42% of employees with a current remote work option plan to work remotely more often in the next five years.

Upwork’s “Future Workforce Report” predicts that 73% of all teams will have remote workers by 2028.

Global Workplace Analytics has forecasted that about 25% to 30% of the workforce will be working remotely, for several days a week, by the end of 2021.

Interesting to know that the global DMS market was valued at USD 4.89 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach USD 10.17 billion by 2025 (according to ReportLinker).

Work from home meme
Work from home meme

So what?

Altogether, these remote work statistics show that remote work is here to stay. Even before the worldwide pandemic and compelled remote work, the amount of it has grown.

Working from home has been on an upward trend for close on to two decades, with no potential endpoint insight.

This can be a good sign for some businesses. Collective work with documents, automatisation, and remote access will be requested even more often. Along with remote communication or/and project management tools. So companies which propose a better DMS with remote work options can lead the market.

UX/UI designer | Munich based. Experience in Branding and Digital Marketing. Writing about design, research, business and marketing.

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