'Companies are expanding the range of professional positions they’re allowing to work from home,' says one CEO
Amid the talent crunch, top organisations across the world no longer see remote work as an option but a necessity.
The arrangement enables companies to tap into the global talent pool – without ever really having to pay extra in order to relocate high-calibre employees.
For the past seven years, career site FlexJobs has analysed remote job postings worldwide to come up with an annual list of 100 of the most ‘remote-friendly’ organisations. This year, the group looked at data from more than 54,000 companies.
Volume vs variety
“The most notable change we’ve seen over the past year is not so much the growth in the sheer volume of remote job listings, but the growth in the variety of remote job titles these companies are seeking to hire,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
“Companies are expanding the range of professional positions they’re allowing to work from home.”
Sutton believes the true scope of remote work opportunities available today is much wider than what is being advertised, considering how informal and ‘ad hoc’ work-from-home arrangements are also becoming increasingly common.
“All of this,” she said, “is ultimately fantastic news for remote job seekers across all career fields and levels.”
‘Remote-friendly’ companies and job vacancies
According to FlexJobs, the six most ‘remote-friendly’ industries include:
- Medical and health
- Computer and IT
- Customer Service
- Education and training
- Accounting and finance
“While a wide variety of jobs can be done from home, some of the most popular remote job titles include accountant, customer service representative, nurse, project manager, recruiter, teacher, web developer, and writer,” FlexJobs noted.
To give HR managers an idea of the landscape of remote-work hiring, here are the top 10 companies for remote workers and the positions they’re hiring for:
Headquarters: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Hiring: Voice coach, linguist, web search evaluator, social media evaluator
HQ: Waltham, Massachusetts
Hiring: Creative designer, Social media assessor, internet search administrator, tech TV associate producer
HQ: Beijing, China
Hiring: Online instructors of English as a Second Language (ESL)
HQ: Scottsdale, Arizona
Hiring: Customer service representatives, insurance agents, instructional design specialist
5. Working Solutions
HQ: Dallas, Texas
Hiring: Sales development representatives, bilingual customer service representatives
6. Kelly Services
HQ: Troy, Michigan
Hiring: Business operations supervisor, talent acquisition screener, regulatory affairs manager
7. EF – Education First
HQ: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hiring: Curriculum and content writer, ESL teachers, Bilingual content writer
HQ: Tampa, Florida
Hiring: Teacher quality evaluator, customer support agent, director of global digital marketing
HQ: Fremont, California
Hiring: Sales and service representatives
HQ: San Francisco, California
Hiring: Customer service representatives