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Half of Americans would take a pay cut to work remotely — and many are willing to give up vacation days, survey finds

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  • A FlexJobs survey suggests Americans still prefer work-from-anywhere roles.

  • Many workers are willing to take pay cuts, increase working hours, or give up benefits for remote work.

  • That comes as remote work becomes more scarce, and workers are further from offices.

It turns out that remote work is still valuable — at least for prospective employees.

A new FlexJobs survey of 4,000 workers in the US, conducted in February 2024, found that workers are clamoring for work-from-anywhere roles. If every employer offered a remote-work policy, per FlexJobs' polling, 75% of workers would take them up on it. And they're willing to pay for that ability: Half of workers surveyed said they would take a pay cut for the policy.

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And it's not just pay that workers are willing to forego. Around a fifth of workers said they'd increase their working hours to work from anywhere, and 15% said they'd even give up their vacation days.

Millennials led the charge, as 69% were willing to give up something to work from anywhere. This percentage fell to 59% for Gen X and 50% for boomers.

The workers surveyed said they would give up other benefits as well — 23% would give up professional development opportunities, while 13% would voluntarily lose company-provided insurance. Another 10% said they would abandon retirement-focused company contributions.

A majority of workers also reported being willing to move elsewhere for work if given the chance to work remotely. About 41% said they would move to a different state if given the opportunity for remote work, while 40% said they would relocate to a different city. Over one in four said they would move to a different country. About 16% said they would become digital nomads and live globally. Most were motivated by lower costs of living, climate, and culture.