We're Owl Labs, and we build amazing collaborative experiences to make all meetings high-fidelity and productive for millions of remote workers and hybrid teams around the world. Each year, we produce the State of Remote Work report after surveying thousands of workers — across the United States or across the world — to learn more about emerging remote work trends. Our reports cover all things remote work, including comparisons between remote and on-site workers' salary, tenure, departments, and industries, the reasons people choose to work remotely, how remote work impacts employee hiring and retention, and many other topics.
State of Remote Work Statistics & Data
Global Remote Work Statistics
More than half of companies around the world allow remote work, are “hybrid companies,” or are a fully remote company. In fact, 16% of Global State of Remote Work respondents report working at a fully-remote company.
Conversely, almost half of global companies require employees to work from an office, with no option to work remotely.
3. 52% of employees around the world work remotely at least once per week, and 68% work remotely at least once per month.
When compared to other regions around the world (apart from Antarctica, from where we were unable to find any survey respondents),
Across the world, men work remotely slightly more frequently than women.
National Remote Work Statistics
Of the people we surveyed, 745 (62%) work remotely at any frequency, and 457 (38%) work on-site.
The 62% of survey respondents who work remotely do so at different frequencies. 54% of respondents work remotely at least once per month, 48% work remotely at least once per week, and 30% work remotely full-time.
Additionally, senior executives and above say they work remotely at least once per week 34% more than those in lower positions.
Why People Work Remotely
1. Global employees' top reasons for working remotely are: Increased productivity/better focus, to avoid a commute, and to achieve better work-life balance.
2. U.S. employees' top reasons for working remotely are: Better work-life balance, increased productivity/better focus, and no commute.
4. Individuals in Africa are the most likely to work remotely for increased productivity/better focus.
Remote Hiring & Management Statistics
4. 71% of U.S. survey respondents agree that the ability to work remotely would make them more likely to choose one employer over another in their next job.
Top Industries for Remote Workers
1. The top industries represented by remote workers in the U.S. are: Healthcare (15%), Technology/Internet (10%), Financial Services (9%), Education (8%), and Manufacturing (7%).
2. The top industries represented by remote workers around the world are: Government/Education, Finance/Insurance, Technology/Marketing, Healthcare/Medical, and Manufacturing/Industrial.
Top Departments for Remote Workers
1. The top departments represented by U.S. remote workers are: Facilities/Operations/IT (18%), Customer Service/Support/Success (15%), Sales (14%), Administrative (13%), and Executive/Company Leadership (7%).
Why We Publish the State of Remote Work Report
We're the creators of the Meeting Owl, the first intelligent 360° video conferencing camera that gives remote workers the feeling of being in the room. We're dedicated to creating inclusive and productive meeting environments for remote workers and hybrid teams, so we produce this report each year to learn more about the challenges they face and the reasons they work remotely in order to help inform the remote work landscape about ways employers, managers, and teammates can support remote work and help make work happen, anywhere.