According to the worldwide operator for freelance employees, more than 25 million jobs may be generated from the house in the non-technology sectors in the next years.
“For the first time, firms in sectors such as the industry, agriculture, and mining have realized that many of their professional services do not need labor on-site,” said Upwork in his study on “Not only Tech: Remote Freelancing Across Industries.”
“This offers possibilities not just for individuals to do remote work but also for those businesses to conduct remote freelancing work,” it says.
“Overall, 25.7 million U.S. employment can be done by remote freelancers in ‘non-technological sectors,'” she said. “This size may have a significant effect not just on the self-employed sector, but on the whole economy.”
Work concluded by utilizing statistics of the Office of Labor to evaluate the number of employment in non-tech sectors in professional services.
It stated that nowadays not all manufacturers just produce a product. Researchers need to find out what consumers want, engineers and industrial designers need to design the packaging and the product, marketing experts produce advertisements to sell the goods, web developers construct the product and customer service providers deal with customers’ queries and comments.
Remote Work Stay Here
Professional services are basically engaged in every sector of the economy, which implies that remote freelancing is generally possible even in businesses where the majority of the employees must be personally every day, the study said.
“In the construction sector too,” it said, “10.5% of employees work in professional services, which represent about 1.2 million employment.”
“Overall, we estimate that 37% of the employees are in professional services in ‘non-technology sectors,’ which indicates that they have the ability to work remotely or by remote self-employed workers.”
Although the epidemic boosted the employment of remote workers, there were concerns if that tendency would diminish in the post-Covid era. Upwork doesn’t think so.
It stated that among its top 100 non-technical customers, freelancing expenditure rose 44.2 percent the year before the 2019 pandemic. That increase was not confined to a few sectors, he said.
During the pandemic year, expenditure continued to increase and 80% of the top 100 businesses increased their expenditure across a range of service areas.
“This data indicates a diversified increase in the usage of remote freelancing by non-technological businesses,” said the study. “They use more remote freelancing, and more functions as well.”
“The wide variety of professional services occupations across sectors demonstrate the potential for remote independent retail outside technology, and the rising acceptance of remote freelancing across the globe demonstrates the rising realization of this potential,” he said.
The new generation of work from home does not have to be limited to professional services. It may also involve hardcore production.
Aquiline Drones unveiled its Agile Manufacturing Pod on Tuesday, for example, a portable high-tech workstation that may produce their drones at home.
In less than a day, each pot may turn any region into a production hub. The units may accommodate one to three employees and come with a 3D printer, instruments, electrical components, hardware, and partitions. Aquiline’s cloud and artificial intelligence technology simplify inventory, quality control and shipping provide comprehensive directions and advice to all operators.
All the hardware and software required for the pod costs $15,000. A trained expert has it installed to make sure it is correctly set up for drone production.
Depending on the product type, Aquiline will purchase drones manufactured for $100 to $800 from the pod.
“Around three years ago, this was conceived,” said Barry Alexander, CEO of Aquiline.
“It simply happens to be timed when working from home becomes a new social reality,” he told TechNewsWorld.
“People may work remotely without worrying about transit and childcare,” he added. “You can only enter a cell and construct as many clones as possible. The more you do, the more you get.”
He believed that labor from home might hold the key to a revival in manufacturing.
“We can’t go back the way it was before, manufacturing,” he remarked. “We must offer everyone a chance to work from home as Covid has done.”
Better technology needs
If companies want more workers to work remotely, they may consider enhancing assistance and technology for these workers.
“When companies had to move away early in 2020, employees began relying on their own devices or applications to address the technological weaknesses of their employees,” Gartner analyst Whit Andrews said at the April Digital Workplace Summit.
This is not to imply that house workers had no technological deficiencies of their own to cope with. More than half (59.6 percent) of the employees in a study of more than 1,000 Americans who were hired by Office Depot/OfficeMax experienced tech difficulties working at home because they utilize outdated worn-out equipment.
In the meanwhile, one out of five said that they worked using a “very worn” desktop or laptop.
“When we questioned whether workers believed their firms would assist them out with new technology, the most frequent response was “not at all possible.” Most believed that their old or dirty electronics had to be updated on its own, “The researchers of the study stated.
Productivity is a problem frequently raised in conjunction with remote employment. The Gartner study showed that more than 70% of employees surveyed indicated an improvement in productivity or no change.
Researchers discovered technological issues stealing productivity from remote and on-site employees in the Office Depot/OfficeMax study.
Almost half (45%) of on-site employees and 48% of remote employees reported spending more than an hour per week on technological problems. Meanwhile, more than a third (36 percent) of hybrid employees spend over two hours fighting weekly with technological issues.
‘One of the conclusions that we found most unexpected is that hybrid employees indicated that technology-related problems would be wasted more time each week than full-time on-site or remote employees,’ said Stephen Mohan, Executive Vice President of Office Depot, Business Solutions Division.
“This indicates that some companies may use the one-size solution that fits all technology, provided the requirements for a hybrid worker vary and if the technology is intuitive and functions perfectly to allow them to work from anywhere,” he said.