June 25, 2021: As the pandemic continues, remote workers expected to grow globally with the evolving tech support in the new normal. According to a research from Gartner, hybrid and remote working models are set to dominate in 2021.
Remote workers expected to grow by 51%
A third of the entire global workforce, (32%) will be operating in a remote or hybrid model by the end of the year, up from 17% two years ago, according to a new report from market analysts Gartner.
In fact, research shows that remote workers expected to grow by 51 per cent.
The firm said that among knowledge workers – those involved in knowledge-intensive occupations, such as writers, accountants, or engineers – more than half (51%) will become remote in the same timeframe.
Remote workers expected to grow, US to lead the market
Remote workers expected to grow and the US will have most remote workers next year.
According to Gartner, 53% of US entire workforce work remotely at least a few days a week with 52% in the UK, Germany 37% and France 33%.
Overall penetration rates for India and China will remain relatively low at approximately 30% and 28% respectively, but due to their sheer numbers, they’ll provide the global economy with a fairly large number of workers.
IT organisation restructuring is evident
The firm also said remote working would vary considerably around the world depending on IT adoption, culture, and mix of industries. The development could trigger demand for PCs, tablets and cloud services, it predicts.
The research firm forecasts that remote workers will comprise 32 per cent of all the employees globally by the end of 2021.
“This is up from 17 per cent of employees working remotely two years ago in 2019,” Gartner has said.
These monumental shifts will reshape the average organization’s IT infrastructure and IT spending habits.
They’ll have to speed up their digital transformation plans by at least half a decade, while the demand for PCs and tablets is expected to grow.
“A hybrid workforce is the future of the work, with both remote and on-site part of the same solution to optimize employers’ workforce needs,” Ranjit Atwal, senior research director at Gartner, said.
IT companies and BPOs have settled to new normal
The firm factored in occupations such as writers, accountants and engineers as it prepared the estimates.
Remote workers are those who work away from their company, government, or customer site at least one full day a week (hybrid workers) or who work fully from home (fully remote workers).
“India and China will produce some of the largest numbers of remote workers, but their overall penetration rates will remain relatively low, with 30 per cent of workers in India being remote and 28 per cent of workers in China working remote,” he said.
Shift in IT infra requirements is already being seen
The growing shift towards remote work would impact the requirements of IT infrastructure.
“By 2024, organisations will be forced to bring forward digital business transformation plans by at least five years. Those plans will have to adapt to a post-COVID-19 world that involves permanently higher adoption of remote work and digital touchpoints,” Atwal said.
The firm estimates that a hybrid workforce will continue to increase the demand for PCs and tablets. PC and tablet shipments will cross the 500-million unit mark for the first time in history in 2021.
This would also mean an increase demand for cloud services, triggering a growth in end-user spending on public cloud services by 23.1 per cent in 2021.