According to a report by ECO, in Portugal, 89% of professionals are available to work remotely from a municipality other than the one they live in now, if the opportunity arose and they found the right conditions there.
"This data reveals the effects of the pandemic on lifestyle and on the way the Portuguese look at their professional activity, a view that is not limited to a small adjustment according to the rules, restrictions and the need for adaptability in certain moments of this situation in which we live, but rather to a profound change that will influence decisions on where to live, where to work and, above all, demands from local executives so that the places where they live and work meet new expectations", said Filipe Roquete, director -general of Bloom Consulting Portugal, quoted in a statement.
This is, in fact, one of the main conclusions of the company's studies, which involved more than a thousand surveys of professionals from 18 Portuguese districts, with the aim of understanding the dimension and contours of these impacts. According to data from Bloom Consulting, this trend is most felt in Porto: 91% of Portuguese people who live and work in Porto show willingness to work remotely from another municipality.
As for the work model expected by Portuguese professionals, a hybrid seems to be the solution that brings together most people, especially among the younger age groups, between 18 and 24 years old, between 25 and 34 years old and between 35 and 44 years old. Generations over 45 are, in turn, more resistant to this labour trend.
Despite the differences between age groups, 73% of Portuguese say they do not want to go back to working 100% in person. However, the models vary: 42% would like to see a hybrid system implemented in their company, combining office and remote work; and 27% say they would like to work 100% remotely.
But there are also those who wish to return to work in their office full-time, as is the case of 31% of Portuguese citizens, which demonstrates, once again, that the idea of “one-size-fits-all” couldn't be more outdated.
"It can be said that there is also a great desire to change the paradigm, with only 23% saying they would like their workplace to return to exactly what it was before the pandemic period", concludes the survey.