Searches for remote work surge amidst COVID-19 crisis

Job seekers are showing greater interest in working remotely with an increase in searches for terms like ‘remote’ and ‘work from home’ on job sites.
By: | April 9, 2020

As workplaces in countries such as Singapore shut down as part of the measures implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been an increase in interest for remote work on job sites.

According to job site Indeed, job seekers are increasingly searching for terms like ‘remote’, ‘work from home’ and related phrases. Searches for remote work have also increased by 183%, as a share of all searches on its Singapore site, compared with its January and February average.

Callam Pickering, APAC Economist at Indeed said, “With Singaporeans in self-isolation in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the ability to work from home has never been more desirable. Our data shows that COVID-19 has accelerated an existing trend towards flexibility and remote work.

“Jobs that can be performed remotely appear more resistant to economic disruption, at least in the case of a pandemic, which may make these jobs more appealing to future job seekers.”

Job seekers searching for remote work have driven sharp month-on-month increases in specific searches for specific job titles, with content writer and telemarketer topping the list, followed by administrative support, business facilitation, content production as well as human resources assistant.

  1. Content writer
  2. Telemarketer
  3. Administration Executive
  4. Editor
  5. Personal assistant
  6. Facilitator
  7. Programme assistant
  8. Shipping coordinator
  9. Content producer
  10. Human Resources Assistant