Undoubtedly, the popularity of remote work is altering the way people work. Regardless of how many individuals actually work remotely, it’s interesting to look at which nations show the most interest in remote work as more digital nomads establish themselves in cafés around the world and businesses provide work-from-home options.
The Happy Beavers used Google search data from 72 nations in the fourth quarter of 2022, including both English and local language search phrases, to further investigate this. Then, to find out which nations had the greatest interest in remote employment, The Happy Beavers compared the monthly search volume to their respective populations.
Cyprus, Latvia, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Chile, Finland, Greece, and Colombia are the top 10 nations with the highest interest in remote employment. The fact that Cyprus is at the top of the list and Latvia is second shows that Latvians are more interested in “work from home” opportunities than they are in digital nomading. Given its traditional values, Saudi Arabia’s inclusion on the list is unexpected.
The middle-ranking countries of Germany, France, Spain, and the UK, in comparison, show that remote work isn’t as prevalent there as it is elsewhere in the world. It’s likely that these nations’ robust social structures and forward-thinking workplace cultures make typical office positions more alluring.
Turkey, Tunisia, Bolivia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, Algeria, and Bangladesh are the 10 nations with the least interest in distant employment. Given the economic climate in many nations, it is likely that other factors—such as compensation and job security—take precedence over the capacity to work remotely.
In this study, The Happy Beavers looked into relevant remote work keywords and ranked countries according to their populations. It is evident that interest in working remotely varies substantially amongst countries. Yet, this total grade can be used to pinpoint regions where remote work is common. Some nations are even hiring remote workers, especially from wealthy countries, and enticing them with long stays and benefits like lower living expenses or better weather.
While this study identifies the countries with the major interest in remote work, one thing is certain: the trend toward remote work is growing. Businesses everywhere need to be prepared to satisfy the rising demand, particularly from younger generations.