Salary Survey: You Should Ask to Work Remotely

Working from home can be amazing, but surprisingly few tech pros actually take advantage of that perk when offered by their company. The latest Dice Salary Survey tells us the supply and demand of working remotely is out of whack, but fixable.

Over 60 percent of tech pros say they would prefer to work remotely half the time or more. However, only 22 percent are afforded the opportunity to do so.

Most (22 percent) say they’d like to work from home (or a coffee shop, or wherever you want to grab a seat) full-time, and 20 percent say they’d like to work away from the office half of the time. Ranking third was ‘one day per week,’ with 19 percent; the fuzzier ‘more than half the time, but not always’ option checked in at 18 percent.

‘A few days a month’ pulled 14 percent of those polled, while three percent say they would never want to work from home. Four percent aren’t sure, or work for companies that explicitly prohibit remote employment.

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The Dice Salary Survey breaks its findings out into age groups (under 29, 30-49, 50-64 and 65 or older). As tech pros age, they would rather work from home; this trend spans all age categories and preferences for working remotely (one day per week, full time, and so on).

Those under 29 years old report ‘never’ working remotely at a much higher percentage than those aged 30 or older. The younger crowd is also far less likely to have full-time remote work.

Our Salary Survey also tells us overall pay for tech pros has plateaued over the past few years. To keep their valuable tech pros onboard, companies are offering benefits other than pay, and remote work is one that many tech pros value more than money. Some 36 percent of respondents say they’d take a 10-percent pay cut to be able to work from home at least half the time. Another 17 percent would give up 11-20 percent of their income, while 10 percent are willing to take drastic cuts of 21 percent or more to be able to work elsewhere. Meanwhile, 37 percent don’t think a cut in pay is worth the ability to work remotely.

We’re not advocating for a cut in pay, but most tech pros could probably negotiate some kind of work-from-home deal. It’s a reasonable request, and our data shows employers are offering it as a benefit much less frequently than tech pros would like.

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2 Responses to “Salary Survey: You Should Ask to Work Remotely”

    • Agreed. One client I worked for in a little New England town was paying $1500/yr per square foot for office space, before the cost of furniture and soft walls. For an 8×8 cubicle, that’s the salary of almost anybody in the shop AND their benefits – if not more.