Remote working options are most significant benefit from pandemic, say third of hiring managers


A third of hiring manager say fully remote working options are the most significant benefit to be implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey of 500 hiring managers in the US by staffing firm Addison Group.

Other findings in the report include 56% of hiring managers said this is the first time they performed hiring activities remotely; 26% are prioritizing remote technology skills in new candidates; and 24% plan to focus hiring on part-time, contract-to-hire and freelance employees.

In addition, 18% expect fully remote options to be in place permanently even after the pandemic and 21% cited virtual interviewing as being put in place permanently.

“The future is not entirely clear for many organizations, but the pandemic has put a spotlight on what aspects of the hiring process work and do not work amid a crisis,” said Tom Moran, CEO of Addison Group.

The report also found 89% adjusted their hiring strategies during the pandemic. Changes included:

  • 58% implemented a hiring freeze
  • 33% fulfilled roles internally
  • 32% reduced/laid off recruiting staff
  • 31% decreased hiring budget
  • 26% shifted from full-time to part-time contract hires
  • 25% expedited hiring