Employers have been increasingly offering their employees the opportunity to work from home, or telecommute, on either a full-time or part-time basis. It's one of the major benefits of working in a digitized economy, and according to FlexJobs, a job-posting service specializing in remote and flexible job opportunities, telecommuting will continue to rise.
"The landscape of flexible work has evolved dramatically since I founded FlexJobs, and it's important to celebrate how much progress companies have made towards work flexibility in recent years," Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a statement. "Professional, viable, flexible jobs are now available across a wide variety of industries and at all career levels, which is due both to companies hearing their employees' demands for work flexibility, as well as employers themselves recognizing the many benefits." [See Related Story: Top Work Perk? No Place Like Home, Employees Say]
To determine the growth in flexible work and telecommuting over the past few years, FlexJobs analyzed 40,000 companies and their job postings from 2013 to 2016. The results suggest that 80 percent of U.S. companies now offer flexible work arrangements, while 58 percent reported an increase in profits after implementing flexible work programs. FlexJobs found that "telecommuting specifically has grown 103 percent in the last 10 years," with 37 percent of U.S. workers telecommuting at least on a part-time basis.
The industry categories in which it is most common for workers to telecommute or enjoy other flexible work benefits are medical and health care, HR and staffing, computer and IT, education and training, accounting and finance, government, and travel and hospitality.
"We know that people need work flexibility for all different reasons and come from all walks of life," Emma Plumb, director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, said in a statement. "They might be working parents, entrepreneurs, caretakers, digital nomads, people with disabilities, military spouses, students, environmentalists or more. It's extremely exciting to see not only the growth of flexible options in recent years, but also the breadth of opportunities across industries and job titles, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and wide variety of skills that these workers bring to the table."
The trend is expected to continue: 89 percent of HR professionals interviewed as part of the study said they expect flexible work arrangements to increase in prevalence over the next five years. Here are FlexJobs' top 25 companies offering flexible work arrangements, including some full-time, part-time and freelance positions.
- Kelly Services
- Robert Half International
- UnitedHealth Group
- Allina Health
- Carolinas HealthCare System
- Providence Health & Services
- Wells Fargo
- Day & Zimmermann
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- CACI International
- The Creative Group
- Kaiser Permanente
- Sutter Health
The entire list of the top 250 companies for telecommuting and flexible jobs in 2016 can be found on the FlexJobs website