Almost six months have passed since companies started allowing employees to work from home. Now, the data regarding this work system is a new measurement of the country's economic inequalities.
In July, of the 8.4 million remote workers in Brazil (about 10% of the employed population), almost half, 4.9 million, were in the Southeast. In the region, which concentrates more qualified professionals, 13% of employees worked remotely while social distancing.
At the other extreme, only 252 thousand people were in the home office in the North, or 4% of the employed. The figures from the IBGE sample survey also point out that, in the South, 9% were in teleworking, the same proportion in the Midwest, while in the Northeast they were 7.8%.
For professor JoÃ£o Luiz Maurity Saboia, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the data confirm that remote work is an additional benefit for the most qualified, especially those with a college degree.
Professionals dedicated to areas related to science or intellectual tasks are 13.5% of employed Brazilians, but they even represented 50% of home office workers in the pandemic. This portion of the workers felt comfortable in teleworking.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon