Companies are now hiring ‘directors of remote working’ to manage staff who never see the office


Companies are now hiring ‘directors of remote working’ to manage new armies of staff who never see the office – as one in five employees now works exclusively from home

  • Employers are hiring ‘head of remote’ to manage staff working from home
  • Data shows that vacancies for remote roles have risen by 147 per cent 
  • ‘Remote working is ‘here to stay’ according to  the co-founder of Adzuna

Companies are now seeking specialist bosses to manage the armies of employees who work solely from home amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

Although working remotely seemed to be a temporary solution during the pandemic, jobs website Adzuna suggests it could be here to stay with vacancies for positions including ‘head of remote’ and ‘director of home working’. 

And this new demand for remote managers is expected to increase as more companies opt for hiring remote staff, according to Adzuna. 

Companies are hiring ‘head of remote’ to manage staff working from home

Facebook has advertised a vacancy for a new ‘Remote work director’ to help develop long-term remote work plans. 

One pioneer in the ‘head of remote’ role is Gitlab’s Darren Murph, who has had the job since before the pandemic struck. 

Gitlab is a fully-remote company with 1,279 employees in 66 countries, all working from home.  

Data shows that vacancies for remote roles have risen by 147 per cent since last year, with 47,300 job ads being for a remote position.  

The IT sector leading the way, with 15,400 remote jobs on offer at present, and an average salary of £51,300, followed by the customer services sector with adverts for remote workers accounting for 32.7 per cent of roles offered, with an average salary of £20,500, according to the Times. 

With Boris Johnson urging people to work from home when possible, Andrew Hunter, the co-founder of Adzuna, said that remote working is ‘here to stay’. 

Data shows that vacancies for remote roles have risen by 147 per cent since last year

Data shows that vacancies for remote roles have risen by 147 per cent since last year

He added: ‘Remote working is here to stay, but remote job opportunities have a way to go to catch-up.

‘Nine out of 10 job openings fail to specify if a role is remote and may be missing out on applications from cautious jobseekers nervous about returning to the office.

‘IT is leading the charge, accounting for a third of overall remote job opportunities, helped by a sector full of early-adopters and technical pioneers, but blue-collar job hunters have far fewer remote opportunities to choose from.

‘There is an inequality issue here and we must question whether enough is being done to protect lower-skilled, lower-paid workers forced to put themselves at risk to find work.’

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