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Half of firms would hire remote-working candidates

More than half of businesses are more likely to hire a remote-working candidate after lockdown, according to research carried out by Management Today and Hays.

Some 55% of respondents surveyed in the poll said they would consider hiring an employee who is not within commuting distance of the office.

However, the ‘Will hybrid working ever work’ survey found 67% of employers were not currently advertising jobs as remote roles.

Sir Cary Cooper, professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, believes the trend of remote working was always ‘‘going to happen’’.

He said: ‘‘People will increasingly work partly from home and partly from a central office. Even before Covid, the evidence was that when people who wanted to worked flexibly, they had better job satisfaction, less sickness absence and were more productive.’’

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