Another Survey Reveals Telecommuting is on the Rise

A study released by Robert Half Technology this week shows that IT managers see remote work on the rise. We all have a sense that this is true, but it’s nice to see real data on the matter, of course. RHT surveyed more than 1,400 CIOs in a random sample of companies with 100 or more employees, and found among other things:

“Nearly half (44 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed said their companies’ IT workforce is telecommuting at a rate that is the same or higher than five years ago; only 3 percent said IT staff work remotely less frequently today than five years ago”

Interesting results. I think that if they surveyed IT companies with fewer than 100 employees, they would likely find even more web work going on for a number of reasons.

For example, web workers require fewer real infrastructure supports (office space, furniture, land-line telephone) that can sometimes be a struggle for the small guys. If you’re a start-up going through a hiring spree, just getting physical space for the new folks can be a major headache, and adding people virtually is a much bigger savings for you than for a larger firm with established office space.

I also think it’s interesting that they specify that IT staff are working remotely. Huh? I know the survey was done by Robert Half Technology but I’m interested in what’s going on with web work outside IT. We can’t all be cranking code or pushing server patches from Tahiti.

What do you think about the study?