The nationality of teleworkers

Propelled by the health crisis, teleworking has become a common practice in several countries, including France. If you are reading us, you are probably already a fan of the concept. We also bet that you are looking for information on this practice.

That’s good because we have just what you need. Did you know that Europeans represent a very large portion of digital nomads? Did you also know that most teleworkers are self-made men (or women)? We tell you everything in this article.

What is the nationality of teleworkers?

The latest assessment of the sector established by the firm A Brother Abroad (ABA) on teleworking provides several interesting indicators. You should know that the fairer sex represents 49,81 % nomadic workers, against 50.19 % for men. The overwhelming majority of them – women and men combined – are Europeans (76 %). The Latino and Hispanic communities come right after with 10 %. Our Asian friends, for their part, represent 8 % of the total workforce.

Four dominant countries

The ABA firm also indicates that 31 % of teleworkers are of American nationality. The Portuguese arrive just after with a share of 8 %, followed by the Germans (7 %) and the Brazilians (5 %). Thus, the United States, Portugal, Germany and Brazil alone have 51 % of the nationalities of digital nomads of the whole world.

What are the other nationalities?

Another study revealed by the statistics portal Statista provides us with other useful figures on the nationalities of nomadic workers. Being statistics, they differ a little from those of the ABA firm since the calculation method is obviously not the same:

  • United States: 52 % of teleworkers
  • United Kingdom: 8 %
  • Russia: 5 %
  • Canada: 4 %
  • Germany: 3 %
  • France: 3 %
  • Australia: 2 %
  • Brazil: 2 %
  • The Netherlands: 2 %
  • Spain: 1 %
  • Ukraine: 1 %
  • India: 1 %

What is the profile of teleworkers?

Let’s return to the figures from the ABA firm. According to the latter, 47 % of teleworkers are still in their thirties. The average age, for its part, is 40 years old. In coworking spaces or elsewhere, you will be much more likely to come across nomads aged 29, 33 and 39.

They represent, by themselves, 23 % from the digital nomad community according to ABA. FYI, the oldest digital nomad has 72 years old. So tell yourself that it's never too late to take off and do what you love.

Teleworking from a young age

The study carried out by ABA shows that nomadic workers begin their adventure early, very early. Fact, 61 % of those surveyed say they have started teleworking in their twenties.

The level of study

The firm also looked at the educational and university courses of teleworkers. His investigation showed that 53 % of them are self-taught. They acquired their skills and knowledge through their work. “They think they could not have progressed as much with a traditional education”, affirms the ABA firm in its investigation.

On the other hand, 45 % of digital nomads followed a traditional educational path: high school, university, etc. This same group of people also enrolled in specialized schools. The latter allowed them to acquire the necessary skills to be able to telework according to ABA. Another interesting figure to mention: 29.6 % of teleworkers do not have higher diplomas. 26 % have obtained a first cycle, 7.4 % have, for their part, a doctorate.

What is the job of teleworkers?

The ABA firm also looked at the profession exercised by nomadic workers. Also, 83 % of them are self-employed, while 17 % are employees in companies.

The study also tells us that 66 % of independent teleworkers manage their own business. This means that they are not just freelancers working for various companies, but rather full-fledged business leaders. Regarding professions, the vast majority of nomadic workers work in marketing, new technologies, design, writing, e-commerce, etc.

What are the main figures for the activity of teleworkers?

Teleworkers, through their work and their sector of activity, have considerable economic weight. In total, the world matters more than 35 million digital nomads according to ABA. It is an annual market of $787 billion. “If the community were a country, it would have occupied 41st place in the world in terms of demographics, just after Canada (37,742,154) and Morocco (36,971,560)”, we read in the same survey.

Even more: if the community was a country, it would have been part of the most prosperous in terms of per capita income. It would have placed in 38th place, just after Portugal ($23,200 annual income per capita) and Saudi Arabia ($22,840 annual income per person).

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