The COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted traditional systems of work, and according to GitHub’s recent State of the Octoverse survey, many web and application developers have no intention of returning to their outmoded physical offices. The State of the Octoverse is an annual survey of developers that is administered by GitHub, the company behind the popular version-control and collaboration platform, and this year’s edition includes a focus on the remote and hybrid workplace that has become commonplace in the pandemic’s wake. According to the survey, a mere 43% of developers reported working from an office; now, slightly more than 10% plan on returning to a physical workplace.
Companies across many industries, especially in technology sectors, have converted to a hybrid or fully-remote workplace. Since the pandemic began, hybrid arrangements for developers have almost doubled from 28.1% to 47.8%, and nearly 40% of those surveyed expect to go fully remote indefinitely. In 2021, writing and shipping code seems to have also become more productive: teams and developers using automation to write and deploy code perform 27% better in open source and 43% better at work. Despite previous fears of low productivity among remote workers, trends seem to indicate the opposite, and developers are leading the way.