Work from home hotspots: Worthing tops list as interactive map revealed

Work from home hotspots: Worthing tops list as interactive map revealed

A map has today revealed the areas where companies are letting staff work from home most, with Worthing, Stoke and Burnley among the towns topping the list of so-called ‘Zoom hotspots’.

New figures show how the West Sussex seaside town of Worthing has seen a 650 per cent rise in jobs postings with remote working on offer since the first Covid lockdown.

Figures also show a huge increase in the number of ‘flexible working’ positions in the city of Dundee, east Scotland, where job postings have increased by 319 per cent.

The former booming industrial town of Burnley has also seen a 391 per cent rise increase in work from home job posts between March 2020 and March this year.

Stoke-on-Trent, best known as the home of England’s pottery industry, finished third with a 323 per cent increase in postings with remote working in the last two years.

Meanwhile port and seaside towns that featured consistently in the top 25, with Southend (320 per cent) Plymouth (308 per cent) and Bournemouth (268 per cent) all among the list.

The analysis, carried out by online meeting place Zoom and jobs site Indeed, comes amid a growing row over the future of work from home – which became the default position during the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

Despite all remaining Covid rules in England being lifted in March, millions of workers continue to work from home or have flexible working arrangements, including those on three days in the office and two days at home.

But the continued work from home policy has sparked a row over the impact on the economy, with workers not spending in cafes and shops – depriving Britain’s high streets of much-needed income.

Meanwhile, productivity of working from home has also been called into question, with remote workers admitting squeezing in up to three naps a week and watching four TV episodes, according to a recent survey.

And business chiefs, including The Apprentice host Lord Alan Sugar, have also slammed the continued work from home culture, describing it as ‘damaging’ for the economy and warning it could put the jobs of other linked employees – such as office security and cleaning staff – at risk.

Meanwhile, the Government is now increasingly pushing civil servants back to the office – despite resistance from stubborn union chiefs.

Last month Jacob Rees-Mogg ordered Cabinet ministers to end Whitehall’s work from home culture as figures revealed how several key ministries – including the Foreign Office and Department for Education – had on average less than a third of staff in the office over the first week in April.

The figures by Zoom and Indeed show which areas have become ‘Zoom towns’ – those offering an increasing number of jobs with hybrid working or working from home.

According to the data, recorded between February 2020, prior to the pandemic, and March 2022, when most restrictions had been lifted, in each of the top 25 locations, job adverts that offer candidates the flexibility to work remotely have more than tripled.

They have grown at a faster pace than the local jobs market overall – indicating that the rise in remote roles over the last two years has driven up opportunity in each area.

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