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$126,000 a year: Top WFH and remote jobs revealed

The number of job postings offering WFH and remote work is at a record high.

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There are more jobs offering work from home and remote work. Here’s where you can find them. (Source: Getty)

Looking for remote work but don’t want to sacrifice your pay packet? New analysis has revealed the top jobs offering work-from-home opportunities.

The share of job listings mentioning ‘work from home’ (WFH) or ‘work remotely’ is now at a record high of 12.6 per cent on Indeed, up from 12 per cent a year ago and just 4.4 per cent prior to the start of the pandemic.

Aussies are also increasingly searching for ‘remote work’, with the number of searches now six times higher than pre-pandemic levels.

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“Australian jobseekers remain keenly interested in remote work and, in a historically tight labour market, employers are still happy to indulge them,” Indeed APAC economist Callam Pickering said.

“Although we are almost two years removed from the last pandemic lockdowns, a record high of more than one-in-eight Australian job postings mention phrases like ‘work from home’ or ‘work remotely’.”

Top remote jobs

In the first half of 2023, insurance roles had the highest share of job postings mentioning remote work (34.3 per cent). While rates of pay will vary depending on the specific role, for an insurance specialist, Indeed found the average salary was $93,450 per year.

Software development jobs had the next highest share (33.1 per cent), with software engineers earning, on average, $105,182 a year.

IT operations and help desk was next on the list (31.6 per cent), with IT support workers earning $74,280, on average.

Civil engineering had the next highest number of remote jobs (29.4 per cent), with an average base salary of $108,852 a year.

Mathematics roles rounded out the top five (29 per cent), with mathematicians currently earning $126,287 a year, on average.

Is remote work here to stay?

Pickering said there was a growing expectation the labour market would soften over the next 12 months, with the platform already seeing a 25 per cent drop in postings over the first half of the year.

“In all likelihood, the ability to WFH will prove temporary - or greatly diminished - in some occupations but more permanent in others,” Pickering said.

“Employers who only tentatively embraced WFH arrangements are the most likely to change course. In fact, many already are.

“But those employers that dramatically changed their work structure and systems to accommodate remote work are perhaps more committed to these new arrangements and less likely to change course, even if labour market conditions cool.”

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