Blackburn jobseekers among most office-shy in the country

The research has found that workers in Blackburn could be among the most office-shy in the country, who would much rather work from the comfort of their homes than go through a daily commute to a place of work.

By analysing the Google searches from each town and city in the UK, news portal firm Financial World found Blackburn to have the second highest number of work from home searches by population.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, when lockdowns saw working from home become the new normal for so many workers, since the lifting of restrictions some people have continued to work at home after finding their productivity to have stayed the same or increased.

With the ongoing cost of living crisis making commuting more expensive and people tightening the purse strings, plus ongoing strikes on the railways and in other industries, working from home remains an enticing necessity for jobseekers.

In Blackburn, it was found there are 1,000 monthly searches for work from home jobs per 100,000 of population, the second highest rate in the UK behind only Walsall in the Midlands, where the number is 2,160 searches per 100,000 people.

Search terms included in the research include ‘work from home jobs, ‘remote working’, ‘remote jobs’ and ‘home based jobs’.

Elsewhere in Lancashire, Preston placed sixth on the list with 799 searches per 100,000 people, while Burnley placed 42nd with 475 searches, Blackpool 47th on 461 searches, and Lancaster 71st with 197 searches.

A spokesperson from Financial-World said: “There is a clear demand for remote roles in the UK.

“The costs of commuting and the time spent doing so is proving to be a strain on many people’s finances and a stressful situation to navigate among train strike actions and the cost-of-living crisis.

“This is evident by the fact that every city or town featured in the top ten of this study is due to be affected by train strikes.

“It will be interesting to see if more employers consider welcoming more flexible work-from-home schemes or hybrid workers to keep up with the demand and avoid losing employees in the future.”

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