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Remote work in Russia - statistics & facts

Remote work became increasingly relevant in Russia in spring 2020, as companies adapted to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown by allowing employers to work from home. The trend had several consequences for the telecommunications market, including an increase in laptop sales and a wider usage of cloud services, the corporate internet, and tools to facilitate communication between employees, such as group calls or messaging. Furthermore, the switch to remote working affected the behavior of employees, as it became more difficult for them to maintain a work-life balance while working from home. More than one third of Russians reported having concentration issues and lower effectiveness during the remote work period.

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

The COVID-19 lockdown in the country took place between end-March and mid-May 2020. It was referred to as the non-working period, during which the government recommended companies switch employees to remote work and guaranteed wages for those who could not work form 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.

Will remote working stay after COVID-19?

Approximately 30 percent of Russians wished that remote work became possible when asked what changes they would like to see in the country after the pandemic. The public interest in keeping such work arrangements was supported by the fact that distance workers got a flexible schedule and spent less money on lunch, commutes, or business clothing. However, such changes were not expected to take place on a large scale in the near future, as only 36 percent of companies planned to keep telecommuting arrangements after the pandemic.

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