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Revealed: The best jobs for hybrid work

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With Google searches for hybrid jobs up over 2,000%, new research has revealed that civil engineering is the most equipped sector in the UK for job seekers looking for flexible work arrangements. 

The hybrid work index, compiled by office management software specialist ECI Software Solutions, analysed 220,000 job postings on LinkedIn to reveal which professions have adapted the fastest to the rise in demand for hybrid work.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly civil engineering placed top in the index above any other office-based occupation in the UK, with 42% of jobs advertised as hybrid. Businesses supporting the roll-out of major UK infrastructure projects such as HS2 and the Stonehenge Tunnel appear to be most inclined to offer staff the ability to work from home, on-site and in the office. 

A British Chamber of Commerce report found that construction is the industry most likely to report issues in finding staff in 2022, suggesting civil engineering has quickly adapted in order to look further afield to access high-quality talent. 

However, those entering senior-level positions in civil engineering will benefit most, as the research found there were zero hybrid working opportunities available for interns and entry-level employees. 

Law-focused jobs also fared well, with barristers, underwriters, legal associates, actuaries and solicitors all appearing in the top ten. Virtual court proceedings are now more common, while some client meetings still remain in person. 

The index follows a recent survey that revealed that half of staff would consider leaving their job if it doesn’t offer a hybrid work policy. ECI also found that Google searches in the UK for ‘hybrid jobs near me’ increased by 2,850% in the last year. 

The top 10 occupations with the highest proportion of hybrid work are: 

Rank

Job 

Hybrid roles available 

Total number of jobs

% of jobs that are hybrid 

1

Civil Engineer

486

1,138

42.71%

2

Barrister

270

637

42.39%

3

Underwriter

150

354

42.37%

4

Investment Analyst

181

445

40.67%

5

Business Analyst

1,197

2,997

39.94%

6

Legal Associate

314

798

39.35%

7

Graphic Designer

388

1,007

38.53%

8

Telecommunications Engineer

159

415

38.31%

9

Actuary

207

546

37.91%

10

Solicitor

408

1,128

36.17%

Job seniority was also found to be a determining factor for those seeking hybrid work. ECI found that every management occupation had 303 more hybrid job roles available, on average, compared to those in entry-level positions. 

Junior jobs have just 5% of hybrid roles available per occupation, compared to management-level jobs, which quadruple this at 20%. 

Seniority

Average number of hybrid job roles available per occupation

Average number of job roles available in total

% of hybrid roles available per occupation

Management

327.4

1575.2

20.78%

Director-level

67.7

556

12.19%

Intern/Entry-level

17.5

345.7

5.06%

Commenting on the research, Jamie Bradley, sales engineer for field service at ECI, said: 

“According to the British Chambers of Commerce, every sector in the UK economy is currently experiencing issues with recruitment and labour. After COVID-19 showed businesses how well office staff can perform at home, offering a hybrid working policy is a step in the right direction for many in addressing the widespread recruitment challenges. 

“As an industry that so many associate with on-site work, it’s interesting to see civil engineering top this index, showing the diversity of roles on offer in the industry. From project principals to asset managers, there are many different disciplines in the industry, all taking advantage of the ability to help their staff work where is best for them. 

To see the full report on the hybrid work index, see here:  https://www.ecisolutions.com/en-gb/blog/the-best-professions-for-hybrid-working-in-the-uk-how-to-help-your-business-adapt/

Chris Price


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