In Brazil, approximately 7.4 million people are now working remotely, with an additional 2.1 million working remotely without computer equipment. Despite easing the pandemic's grip, remote work remains popular, with these 9.5 million remote workers making up 9.8% of the nation's total workforce
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The Rise of Remote Work in Brazil
Approximately 7.4 million Brazilians work remotely from locations separate from their company's offices with computer equipment, according to a study released by the government.
Diverse Forms of Remote Work
Another 2.1 million work remotely but are not connected to their companies through computer equipment, as per a comprehensive survey conducted at the end of 2022 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
According to the study, these 9.5 million connected and non-connected remote workers represent 9.8% of the 96.7 million occupied Brazilians.
Enduring Popularity of Remote Work
Even though many companies adopted remote work during the COVID pandemic and many employees have returned to their offices, remote work has remained popular.
"Even with the end of the state of emergency, we observe that many people continue to work in this condition, at least partially," said Gustavo Fontes, responsible for the IBGE's telecommuting study.
The majority of remote workers in Brazil are male (51.2%); they are aged between 25 and 39 (49.6%) or between 40 and 59 (35.4%); and they are white (63.3%), according to the report.
Gender Disparities in Remote Work
Despite the majority being male, the survey showed that the percentage of employed women engaged in remote work in Brazil (8.7%) is higher than that of men (6.8%), and the percentage of white workers (11.0%) exceeds that of Black workers (5.2%).
Regarding age, the group with the highest percentage of remote workers falls in the 25 to 39 age range, at 9.7%, while teenagers (aged 14 to 17) have the lowest rate at 1.2%.
"Of all remote workers, around 70% have a university education," Fontes explained.
The average income of remote workers (6,479 Brazilian reais or 1,296 dollars per month) is 2.7 times higher than that of workers in general (2,398 Brazilian reais or 480 dollars per month).
Regarding occupation, remote work primarily attracts professionals in the sciences and intellectuals, with 28.6% of those employed in the field working remotely, as well as directors and team managers (26.1%).