Is Remote Working Here to Stay?

Given the forced nature of remote work during the pandemic, questions remain about whether it will last as a work arrangement.

While surveys generally show that executives plan to allow employees to continue working from home at least some of the time, interviews with executives present a much more nuanced outlook for remote work, with opinions diverging sharply even within companies.

So rather than trying to predict how sticky remote work will be, we have studied which work activities best lend themselves to working from home. Building on the McKinsey Global Institute’s previous analysis of future of work trends, we have extended our models to consider where work is done and the level of human interaction jobs require. Our analysis of more than 2,000 activities across some 800 occupations in nine countries finds that the potential for remote work is concentrated among highly skilled, highly educated workers in a handful of industries, occupations and geographies.

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