Tech Jobs See Remote Work Declines. Is This a Trend?

Is the remote work revolution losing steam?

That’s a critical question for technologists everywhere, many of whom got used to working from their home offices over the past few years. However, a sizable percentage of managers and executives want technologists back in the office; for example, in a new study by Fiverr, 33 percent of managers said they wanted workers to return to their old desks.

At larger companies (i.e., those with more than 500 employees), some 67 percent of managers wanted employees back in the office five days per week. What’s behind this drive? Many managers seem to think employees are “more motivated when they know they are being watched by upper management” and they’re also more likely to take “shorter breaks.”

Meanwhile, CompTIA’s monthly jobs report suggests that remote-work opportunities are declining yet again for key technology professional positions such as software developer and IT support specialist, although to the total number of remote-work jobs remains significant:

Despite the trends suggested by this data, managers who want technology professionals back in the office might have a struggle on their hands. The latest edition of Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Salary crunched data from 58,958 respondents worldwide and found that around 42 percent were already fully remote; another 42 percent were hybrid; and 14 percent were fully in-office. “Smaller organizations are most likely to be in-person, with 20 percent of 2-19 employee organizations in-person,” that report added. “The largest organizations, with 10k employees, are most likely to be hybrid.”

And given the demand for technology professionals’ talents, managers who try to rescind remote or hybrid work options may face a significant retention issue. A recent survey by McKinsey & Company, showed flexible work arrangements as just behind better pay and career opportunities when it came to motivation for seeking a new job (that survey was based off responses by 25,000 respondents). As long as tech unemployment stays low (and demand for tech talent stays high), technology professionals have plenty of leverage to get the flexible schedule they desire.

4 Responses to “Tech Jobs See Remote Work Declines. Is This a Trend?”

    • jake_leone

      This is because the reality distortion field works on the scale of meters, not miles. Managerial nonsense like this, has to be kept within waste bucket range, because it has no real data to support it.

  1. Grumpy Texan

    We’re not going back to the office (senior level software engineer here). I don’t need to drive for an hour each way, find parking, etc. just to sit in some other desk to do what I can do from home or anywhere else I choose to be at the moment.

    If you want to put me back in an office? Don’t expect a minute of off-the-clock work from me. I don’t want remote access nothing and I won’t use my personal equipment to do work. That’s what you’ll get and it won’t end well.

  2. Jake_Leone

    A while ago, I think it was last year sometime. I pointed out (in this Forum) that Dice Insights would be citing something (in this case a survey) that would somehow be used to push the idea that going back to the office would increase something (ex: Mythical Productivity Increase via Serendipity). Alternative Translation to Logic: “Magical Power Boost by Mythical Unicorn”.
    We have to look at the hard facts. Some jobs do require in person work, example, retail, mechanical work. I can understand Tesla needing hardware engineers onsight.
    But software development, in a virtual stack, isn’t one of those job.
    And this is a problem for management at Facebook, Google and Apple and any other company that spent millions to billions on new corporate offices. How can the executives go to the board and say, well we made a mistake? we didn’t listen to Bill Gates’ conference on the affects of global pandemic.
    No, they simply can’t admit it. Because saying it would mean they were wrong about something, and that something would swipe their bonuses, so that can never be said. It is an idea too dangerous to face.
    So now we need to be prepared for the bombardment of ZERO data, anecdotal-lying, massive overfit of single cases, that management will bring in order to require that employees come back to the office.
    I would say, the whole talk about slowing hiring in tech, is just a ploy. Google is talking layoffs, yet Google makes 1.5 million in profit off of every employee. Why a company that is making that obscene amount of profit, would talk layoffs, can only be explained as:

    Let’s scare them back to the office.

    If you are a top executive in Silicon Valley, you can buy that 3 million dollar ranch house with 3 bedrooms, within 3 miles of your office. You can pay the 30k in property taxes each year. And the 25k in insurance. You can then proceed to say, yeah, everyone back to the office, we need to increase “Serendipity”, cause without “Serendipity” what good are manager, I mean what else do managers provide?
    The principal product of management, is just “management”. And for many managers that means holding pointless long meetings, planning lunch outings, wasting time, and looking out the door of the office to see who is talking too much about the game.
    Motivated tech engineers, don’t need managers, they need people who can keep them aware of deadlines, and allocate hardware and virtual resources (that are above the engineers pay-grade). That’s it.
    Silicon Valley, can fire 90% of management. We don’t need any baby-sitters in the office in tech, because the offices are proven useless. And those (non-engineer) managers, if they really want to manage something they are qualified for, they should consider a career in Day-Care.