Is Working from Home Here to Stay? A Look at 35 Million Job Ads

Jean-Victor Alipour, Christina Langer, Layla O’Kane

ifo Schnelldienst 74 (09), 46-52

  • We analyze the prevalence of working from home (WfH) in Germany using more than 35 million online job advertisements from 2014 to 2021
  • While the option to work from home was rare in job advertisements before the coronavirus crisis, the shock of the pandemic led to a boom
  • At the same time, regional, occupational, and sectoral inequalities in access to WfH have decreased during the pandemic
  • We also document a higher demand for digital skills, teamwork, and adaptability in job ads with a WfH option
  • We conclude with an outlook for the future of WfH.