Remote Work Statistics for an Evolving Workforce

Goldstein Nicolas
3 min readDec 11, 2019


Remote employment is fast becoming one of the most attractive opportunities that the companies can give, as well working with remote contractors.

The choice to work wherever you want with more flexible hours is a great motivation for those who can not stand up to the monotony and sterility of office life. Yes, most employees were willing to give up weekends, pay increases, and even retirement plans to work remotely.

We’ve made this list of the most interesting statistics on remote work to explore how common this trend has become. Our mission is to support both employers and employees to create the best and most efficient working environment possible;

1. Since 2005, the number of people who work from home has grown by 140 percent.(Global Workplace Analytics)
In the last decade, engineering has become so sophisticated that almost anyone can execute their daily tasks at home. Homework statistics show that this type of work has grown 10 times faster than other parts of the workforce. The same numbers often inform us that full-time employees are four times more likely to be offered remote jobs than part-time workers.

2. In 2028, 73% of all departments will have remote workers.

In the context of what we have just said about millennials and their career aspirations, Upwork offers us some significant potential figures on remote work. Today, millennials and Gen Z employees make up just 38% of the population, but by 2028 they could make up 58% of the workforce. It is no surprise, thus, that almost three-quarters of the businesses would have certain remote workers, although 33 percent of the staff will be absolutely remote.

3. Globally, 52% of staff work from home at least once a week.
(Owl Labs)

Based on the 2018 statistics for remote workers, more than half of the world’s employees already enjoy the benefits of a flexible workplace and this number is unlikely to decline anytime soon. In reality, the same study from 2017–which only concentrated on the USA–came up with the same number. Is this yet another example of the planet that is trying to keep up with America?

4. 76% of workers would be more willing to stay with their current employer if they could work flexible hours. (FlexJobs)

As we’ve already mentioned, 44% of companies still don’t allow remote work, even though it obviously has positive effects on employee morale and work engagement. In fact, according to these remote working statistics, a whopping 97% of respondents would love to have a flexible working plan in the long run. This is certainly something companies should consider in their proposals.

5. Companies that allow remote work have 25% lower employee turnover than those that don’t. (Owl Labs)

According to data from Owl Labs’ 2017 State of Remote Work report, companies that support remote work lost 9% of their employees, compared to 12% in companies that don’t. This may seem like a small difference right now but it’s a clear indicator of the correlation between these two factors. As more and more companies begin to offer remote work as an option, employee satisfaction and loyalty will increase.

In Mauritius, TALENTEUM is pioneering outsourcing innovation. Talenteum enables best African talents to work remotely for European Companies from their coworking hubs. At Talenteum we make it possible for African Talents to work for Western Companies without having to leave their countries. TALENTEUM offers distance candidates to European companies at cost price working from their home country. TALENTEUM acts as a trusted third-party and ensures legal obligations (accounting, social, fiscal …).

If you are either a company in Europe or America and you’d like to support our movement then feel free to contact Talenteum and we will be happy to provide you with the best African Talents who will work remotely for your company. We help with recruitment, managing the remote workers and everything in between. Contact us here and let’s work together.



Goldstein Nicolas

Outsourcing expert since 2004, serial entrepreneur. Co-founder of