Revolution in progress? The rise of remote work in the UK

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Draca, Mirko, Emma Duchini, Roland Rathelot, Arthur Turrell, and Giulia Vattuone. Revolution in Progress? The Rise of Remote Work in the UK. University of Warwick, Department of Economics, 2022.

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University of Warwick

University of Essex

Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (ENSAE)

Bank of England

University of Warwick


May 2022


The pandemic was accompanied by a wave of adoption of remote work practices. This paper uses online job vacancy data to study how UK firms have adopted remote work. Overall, remote work increased by 300%. Our analysis finds little evidence that occupations have fundamentally changed to better accommodate remote work tasks, nor evidence of changes in the occupational composition of jobs. We find that the overall increase in remote working is driven by the increasing use of remote work at the firm level, especially among firms that were less likely to use remote work before the pandemic. This is consistent with changes in organisational practices or updated information about the viability of large-scale remote working.

BibTeX citation

      title={Revolution in progress? The rise of remote work in the UK}, 
      author={Draca, Mirko and Duchini, Emma and Rathelot, Roland and Turrell, Arthur and Vattuone, Giulia},
      journal={CAGE Working Papers},