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These are the jobs that offer the most working from home opportunities and four-day work weeks


If working from home is important to you, it’s worth looking into IT and telecoms (Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)

Are your Sunday scaries turning into a pattern of absolute workweek dread?

Maybe it’s time you joined The Great Resignation, ditched your toxic job, and found one that gives you more flexibility.

But where to start looking?

According to research by Officeology, gigs in IT, telecoms, and media might be your best port of call.

They took a look through job listings on Reed to find the sectors and roles that offer the most remote working and four-day week opportunities.

The research found that while the pandemic has definitely opened more minds up to the idea of working from home, we’ve still got a long way to go before it’s the norm.

Out of the 180,536 total part and full-time jobs that were scraped, 13,534 of them were remote – that’s just 7.5% of listings that offered remote working.

But the percentages go up a chunk in certain fields. In IT & telecoms, for example, 24.8% of jobs listed had a home-working option, while there was a 17.8% WFH rate in the job ads in media, digital, and creative.



Top 10 Industries offering the highest percentage of work-from-home opportunities:

  1. IT and telecoms, 24.8%
  2. Media, digital and creative, 17.8%
  3. Financial services, 15.7%
  4. Actuarial, 15%
  5. Marketing and PR, 14.6%
  6. Sales, 12.7%
  7. Recruitment consultancy, 11.6%
  8. Charity and voluntary, 11%
  9. General insurance, 10%
  10. Leisure and tourism, 9.4%

If we narrow it down more, there are certain job titles that are more likely to be offered as working from home options, with web designer coming out on top with 35.5% of jobs listed including a remote working option.



Top 20 job roles offering the highest percentage of work-from-home opportunities:

  1. Web designer, 35.5%
  2. Graphic designer, 35.3%
  3. Doctor, 34.3%
  4. Software engineer, 25.7%
  5. Teacher, 21.4%
  6. Finance director, 21%
  7. Architect, 19.5%
  8. Receptionist, 19.3%
  9. Design engineer, 15.1%
  10. Marketing director, 14.8%
  11. Marketing manager, 14.8%
  12. Digital marketing executive, 13%
  13. Finance manager, 13%
  14. Secretary, 12.3%
  15. Data analyst, 12.3%
  16. Marketing executive, 12.1%
  17. Product manager, 11.8%
  18. Programme manager, 11.8%
  19. Account manager, 11.8%
  20. Senior consultant, 11.7%

What about the option of a four-day week?

Again, while there’s a lot more chat around the idea and benefits of a three-day weekend, the reality is taking a while to catch up.

Of the 175,546 permanent full-time jobs Officeology checked out, just 2,773 offered a four-day working week – equivalent to just 2% of the job market. Sigh.

We’re a long way away from four-day work weeks being the norm (Picture: Getty Images)

But some industries were a touch more likely to consider this as an option.

If you’re keen to claw back an extra day of time off, you should consider looking into roles in hospitality, catering, manufacturing, and social care, according to the research.

But, we hasten to add, even the top industries offering four-day roles have a low percentage – so don’t get your hopes up.



Top 10 industries offering the highest percentage of four-day week roles:

  1. Hospitality and catering, 9.1%
  2. Manufacturing, 5%
  3. Social care, 3.9%
  4. Health and medicine, 3%
  5. Transport and logistics, 2.5%
  6. FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), 2.3%
  7. Retail, 2.3%
  8. Customer service, 2%
  9. Education, 1.6%
  10. Estate agency, 1.5%

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