Remote work in Russia - statistics & facts

Remote work, also known as telework or telecommuting, became increasingly relevant in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown in the spring of 2020, most companies were required to transfer employees to remote work. One of the trend's consequences was a wider usage of cloud services, the corporate internet, and tools to facilitate communication between employees, such as group calls or messaging. In general, the possibility to work remotely was seen as convenient by Russians, and 40 percent named it one of the most important criteria while searching for a job in 2021.

Who was more likely to work from home during COVID-19 in Russia?

The COVID-19 lockdown in Russia took place between end-March and mid-May 2020. It was referred to as the non-working period, during which the government advised companies to switch employees to remote work and guaranteed wages for those who could not work from home. Finance, insurance, and IT sectors had the highest share of distance workers, while employees in continuous industrial production and agriculture needed to be present at their workplaces. As a general tendency, most remote workers in Russia were found to have a university diploma and a high level of digital literacy. Furthermore, from April 2020, employees aged 65 years and older were required to work from home, and that rule was changed to a recommendation only one year later.

Telecommuting after the lockdown in Russia

In December 2020, approximately one third of Russian companies planned to leave remote work in place for at least another year. Furthermore, according to a survey from 2020, nearly one quarter of large businesses considered reorganizing their existing office areas to adjust to the flexible working mode. Employees increasingly preferred to work from home fully or partially, as they appreciated a flexible schedule and spent less money on lunch, commutes, or business clothing. The desire to work from the office was particularly low among the young population between 18 and 24 years old, at 35 percent. To compare, among 25-34-year-olds, the share of those preferring to work from the office was nearly 30 percent higher.

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Remote work in Russia - statistics & facts

Remote work, also known as telework or telecommuting, became increasingly relevant in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lockdown in the spring of 2020, most companies were required to transfer employees to remote work. One of the trend's consequences was a wider usage of cloud services, the corporate internet, and tools to facilitate communication between employees, such as group calls or messaging. In general, the possibility to work remotely was seen as convenient by Russians, and 40 percent named it one of the most important criteria while searching for a job in 2021.

Who was more likely to work from home during COVID-19 in Russia?

The COVID-19 lockdown in Russia took place between end-March and mid-May 2020. It was referred to as the non-working period, during which the government advised companies to switch employees to remote work and guaranteed wages for those who could not work from home. Finance, insurance, and IT sectors had the highest share of distance workers, while employees in continuous industrial production and agriculture needed to be present at their workplaces. As a general tendency, most remote workers in Russia were found to have a university diploma and a high level of digital literacy. Furthermore, from April 2020, employees aged 65 years and older were required to work from home, and that rule was changed to a recommendation only one year later.

Telecommuting after the lockdown in Russia

In December 2020, approximately one third of Russian companies planned to leave remote work in place for at least another year. Furthermore, according to a survey from 2020, nearly one quarter of large businesses considered reorganizing their existing office areas to adjust to the flexible working mode. Employees increasingly preferred to work from home fully or partially, as they appreciated a flexible schedule and spent less money on lunch, commutes, or business clothing. The desire to work from the office was particularly low among the young population between 18 and 24 years old, at 35 percent. To compare, among 25-34-year-olds, the share of those preferring to work from the office was nearly 30 percent higher.

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