Now, I know what you might say: Portugal is known for a higher number of remote tech jobs and that skews the total. And you’re probably right. So I looked at those separately.
Turns out, the Netherlands still comes in last. Only 9% of tech jobs are advertised as remote. And the numbers don’t change much for hybrid.
I don’t have an explanation (yet): the Netherlands has the infrastructure and the technology to support remote work. That’s how we got through the pandemic. Why don’t we use it now? Have we already outsourced so much that we don’t have any work left to do remote? I very much doubt that.
In the meantime, roads and public transportation are at full capacity, even more than before the pandemic. Which tells me that people are back in the office for most of their workdays.
We’re still trying to address 2020s problems with 1920s concepts: an 8 hour workday, a 40 hour workweek. When you run a 24x7 plant, it’s understandable you need people on location. But when you run an office, less so.
The good news: this is fixable. And if you’re willing to hire remotely, you might just win the war for (tech) talent.
What about automation?
When it comes to automation, a recent study
revealed that 86% of employees are open to use automation but only 30% of business leaders give them access to it, and even fewer (5%) allow workers to create their own automations.
The days that people were afraid to be replaced by robots are behind us. It’s clear that this will happen to some jobs, but not all. It’s much more likely a robot will replace some of what you do, and humans and robots work side by side.
Employees struggle to cope with the amount of work and feel that working with robots, meaning automating repetitive activities, will allow them to focus on value-add work.
It’s a big change in perception. And it’s an opportunity for companies to deal with vacancies. Just imagine if you could automate 10% of a person’s job. That would mean you gain 1 FTE for every 10 you employ. Wouldn’t that help you fix at least part of the labor shortage?
What do you see? Are you back to your pre-pandemic work life? Or are you seeing some glimmers of change? Let me know
Have a great day, Anita