Global Remote Work Index: Germany as front runner
By Alexandra Slusar
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Remote work was not invented as a result of the global pandemic. More and more people enjoy being flexible for various reasons. Due to the war in Ukraine and the rising fuel prices, however, the topic is as relevant as ever. NordLayer’s Global Remote Work Index shows that Germany is the best place for remote workers and as such tops a list of 66 surveyed countries.
The index aims to assess the attractiveness of potential locations for remote work. The 66 countries are compared in four relevant categories: digital security, socio-economic attractiveness, digital and physical comfort, and finally the response to COVID-19. "NordLayer gathered this detailed analysis, taking into account the increased desire to be able to work from anywhere in the world after the epidemic", said Juta Gurinaviciute, chief technology officer at NordLayer.
Germany’s top score comes at a cost
Favourable socioeconomic conditions as well as high standards of cybersecurity make Germany an exceptionally good place for remote work. A high English proficiency and extensive investments in education and healthcare propelled the country to the top of the list. In addition to government investments, Germany is highly attractive to tourists whichimproves social conditions according to the index.
However, cybersecurity and the digital or physical infrastructure don’t go hand in hand, as seen in Germany’s ranking. The digital and physical infrastructure is not as advanced as in other countries on the list. Germany only occupies 17th place here due to the low quality of internet, while still providing one of the highest standards of cybersecurity.