New Research Reveals the Surprising No. 1 City for Remote Jobs, Defying New York and San Francisco
A Comprehensive Study Identifies Surprising Growth in Remote Work Opportunities
A recent research study conducted by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has uncovered the cities experiencing substantial growth in remote job opportunities. Contrary to popular belief, the top-ranking city for remote work is not New York or San Francisco. This article delves into the key findings of the study, highlighting the leading city for remote jobs, the factors influencing remote work adoption, and the regional variations across different countries.
The job market for remote workers is witnessing diverse trends across various cities. While some cities are witnessing a decline in remote job opportunities, others are flourishing. This article explores a recent paper published by the NBER, titled "Remote Work across Jobs, Companies, and Space," which examines the growth of remote jobs in five English-speaking countries: the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The study analyzed millions of job vacancies posted between January 2014 and January 2023, shedding light on surprising findings.
The Leading City for Remote Jobs:
The research study reveals that the United Kingdom is outpacing the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in terms of remote job opportunities. This outcome is attributed to the U.K.'s higher proportion of white-collar jobs that lend themselves well to remote work. The report highlights London as the leading city for remote jobs in the U.K., followed by Sydney in Australia and Toronto in Canada.
Remote Work Trends in Top Cities:
London, Sydney, and Toronto, the most populous cities in their respective countries, have experienced significant growth in remote work opportunities. The report showcases the ten cities where the share of remote jobs has witnessed the most substantial increase. These cities include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Glasgow, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, New York, Sydney, and Toronto.
Urban vs. Suburban Remote Work:
Previous research has shown that remote work is more common in urban centers compared to suburban and rural areas. The concentration of knowledge workers in dense cities contributes to this trend, as their jobs often allow for remote work. Notably, the report highlights the disparity in remote work availability between Washington, D.C., and Perth, Australia, demonstrating the impact of location on remote job opportunities.
The Pandemic Effect:
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a significant surge in remote job vacancies across all five countries. However, the severity of the initial outbreaks influenced the magnitude of the increase. The U.S., the U.K., and Canada experienced the most significant uptick. Even after the pandemic subsided, remote work remained popular, indicating a lasting impact on work dynamics. The report emphasizes the importance of infrastructure, such as internet access and public transportation, in remote work adoption.
The availability of remote jobs varies across different regions within countries. Southern cities in the U.S., including Savannah and Miami Beach, witnessed a decline in remote job opportunities compared to northeastern and western cities such as San Francisco, Boston, and Colorado. This disparity can be attributed to a higher concentration of employers requiring on-site work, particularly in warehousing and distribution roles, along with fewer white-collar job opportunities.
Top 10 Cities Embracing Remote Work Opportunities
Washington, D.C. (U.S.)
San Francisco (U.S.)
New York (U.S.)
Note: These cities are mentioned in the article as the ones with the highest increase in the share of remote jobs.