Advertisements for remote work in the U.K. surged by 233 percent in February 2021 from pre-pandemic levels a year earlier, the website Personnel Today reported, citing a study by New Street Consulting Group.

Almost 4 percent of jobs were advertised as remote in February versus less than 1 percent in February 2020 and double the 1.8 percent level in August 2020, the report by the recruitment consultancy found, according to Personnel Today.

“For businesses, the attractions of moving to remote working are often very clear — the reduction in property overheads can be substantial,” Natalie Douglass, director of talent strategy consulting at New Street, was cited as saying. “But for some it may come at a cost to talent acquisition and retention.”

“We’re expecting more businesses to experiment with hybrid models,” she added. “The debate in this area moves so quickly that many employers are going to continue testing those hybrid models for many months before committing.”

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