Many employees are increasingly valuing the option to work from home on a full- or part-time basis.
According to FlexJobs, a job-posting service specializing in remote and flexible job opportunities, the number of telecommuting workers has increased by 103 percent in the past decade, with 22 percent of telecommuters saying they telecommuted more in 2015 than they did the year before.
Some employers are offering more telecommuting opportunities than others. LiveOps, TeleTech, Amazon, Sutherland Global Services and UnitedHealth Group top FlexJob's rankings of this year's best 100 companies for telecommuting and remote jobs.
The ranking includes a range of small to large companies across an assortment of industries. The research revealed that the top seven industries for remote workers are computer and IT, medical and health, sales, administrative, customer service, education and training, and marketing.
The job titles most commonly associated with remote opportunities include writer, engineer, marketing manager, health care consultant, case manager, development director, recruiter, sales representative, account executive, IT analyst, clinical research associate, project manager and interpreter/translator. [Is Telecommuting Right For You? ]
"Remote working is on the rise, and this acceleration is great news for anyone wishing to trade the office for a telecommuting job," Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a statement.
This year's top 100 list is based on an analysis of more than 40,000 companies and their telecommuting job-posting histories in FlexJobs' database during 2015. To be considered, companies had to offer a telecommuting-friendly component to some of their jobs, such as an arrangement to telecommute entirely, part of the time or as an option. Here are the top 50 companies on this year's list:
- Sutherland Global Services
- UnitedHealth Group
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Working Solutions
- Kelly Services
- Cactus Communications
- American Express
- First Data
- CACI International
- A Place for Mom
- Anthem Inc.
- Dell SecureWorks
- World Travel Holdings
- University of Maryland University College
- Allergan Inc.
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- CSI Companies
- Robert Half
- Red Hat
- Adobe Systems
- Overland Solutions Inc.
- BCD Travel
- Connections Education
- McKesson Corp.
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
Overall, FlexJobs saw a 36 percent increase in the number of telecommute-friendly jobs posted in its database over the past year. The entire list of the top 100 companies for telecommuting and remote jobs in 2016 can be found on the FlexJobs website.