Remote working statistics 2023

An estimated 11 million Brits plan to work remotely overseas in 2023.

Not all workers are satisfied with working from home, with a growing number of Brits planning to take advantage of flexible work arrangements by working overseas.

A Finder survey of 2,000 British adults reveals 1 in 5 Brits (21%) plan to work remotely from another country this year, up from 11% last year.

Quick summary

  • Over a third of British adults worked remotely in 2022.
  • 11% worked overseas in 2022 and 21% plan to work overseas in 2023.
  • Gen Z are driving the overseas remote working trend, followed by gen Y or millennials.
  • The most popular countries for British remote workers are the US (13%), France (12%) and Germany (11%).

How many British adults worked remotely in 2022?

  • 37% of British adults worked remotely in 2022 – the equivalent of nearly 20 million people.
  • 32% worked remotely within the UK while 11% of Brits worked overseas (5% did both).
  • In 2022, Brits worked from another country for an average of 5 and a half weeks.
  • Men were slightly more likely to work remotely either domestically or overseas compared to women (40% vs 35%)
  • Gen Z were the most likely to work remotely (28%), followed by gen Y (18%) and gen X (8%).
  • The most popular countries for Brits to work from include the US (13%), France (12%), Germany (11%), Pakistan (10%) and Spain (9%).

Remote working abroad to jump in 2023

  • 21% of British adults plan to work remotely in 2023, up from 11% in 2022.
  • However, they plan to work overseas for less time than in 2022, with the mean time spent working remotely overseas dropping from 5 and a half weeks in 2022 to around 2 weeks in 2023.
  • 1 in 4 British men plan to work from another country this year compared to just under 1 in 5 for women (24% vs (18%).
  • Gen Z are the most likely to work abroad in 2023 (39%), followed by gen Y (35%) and gen X (21%), with just 4% of baby boomers saying the same.

What to consider when planning to work abroad

  • Review your employer’s remote working policy to make sure you can work overseas before you make non-refundable purchases.
  • Compare travel card options to international money transfer providers so you don’t pay unnecessary fees and exchange markups.
  • Understand any visa requirements for working in another country.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance to give you peace of mind in case something goes wrong.
  • Book your flight, train or bus early to help you secure a cheaper rate, especially if you plan with enough time to take advantage of sales events.

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