The trend towards remote working, which is changing the work culture of the country, will take a long time to hit Bakersfield.
In a new report, the city was ranked 98th among the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas for remote employment opportunities. Around 21 percent of local positions can be held from home with ease, compared to 29 percent at the national level.
That finding came as no surprise to local workforce observers, who found that Bakersfield’s strengths in oil, agriculture, and logistics are not far from the eyes of their bosses who prefer to work on a laptop.
The impact is significant: ApartmentList.com, the online rentals market the report was published on, also found that remote-friendly positions tend to pay better – a median of $ 48,000 per year in Bakersfield versus $ 30,000 for jobs that don’t are remote friendly.
Apartment List estimated that one in three US jobs could be remotely done in the long term. The availability of such jobs will have an impact on migration patterns and housing markets across the country.
At the national level, the median wage for remote-friendly jobs like software developer and accountant is $ 59,000, or 64 percent more than the median for jobs that cannot be easily done remotely. The data from the report comes from the Federal Department of Labor and the US Census Bureau.
The report went a step further and also looked at people whose careers are completely “untethered,” which means they have a remote-friendly job and rent their house, have no school-age children, and are unmarried or have a partner with one have remote-friendly job.
With this move, Bakersfield ranks 95th among 100 U.S. subways, with roughly 3 percent of residents classified as disconnected, compared with 5.6 percent across the country, Apartment List found.
Robin Paggi, a Bakersfield training and development specialist at Worklogic HR, said via email that the city is largely a handicraft community and she doesn’t see this changing anytime soon.
Although untied workers may want to move to Bakersfield because of the town’s relatively high affordability, she noted that the move could come with a wage cut.
“Employers are now considering paying people based on where they live rather than where the company is located,” she wrote.
Kathryn Clowes, founder of March Consulting in Bakersfield, noted that the city continues to suffer from a “brain drain” of students who leave college and never return, in part due to the lack of high-tech job opportunities like the apartment List is due to keep remote control friendly.
She said via email that Bakersfield has done more in recent years to rethink and diversify its economy to create more remote-friendly jobs. She advised employers to consider whether the jobs they offer can be done remotely, adding that the benefits can go wide.
“I also hope that our affordability will push them to stay and take root in our community if we can attract some of this unrestricted workforce,” she wrote.
If this becomes a goal, the city may want to do more to expand access to reliable high-speed Internet services and reduce energy bills because it stated, “Who wants to spend an average of $ 400 a month on air over the summer? ” Conditioning? “