5 Companies Hiring Work-From-Home Employees for Great Pay Right Now
Getting a remote position has long been the goal for many seeking a more flexible work environment, but even more so since the start of the pandemic. A study by Owl Labs called State of Remote Work 2021 found that because of COVID-19, close to 70 percent of full-time employees were working from home during the pandemic. Now, many companies have started to call their employees back to the office—however, not everyone wants to return.
A FlexJobs survey taken by over 4,600 people between July and August 2021 found that almost half of the respondents said they knew someone who has quit or is planning on quitting their job because they were asked to return to the office. Of those surveyed, 58 percent said they want a fully remote job post-pandemic—only 3 percent said they wanted to return to the office full-time.
Many employees quit their jobs in search of better work-life balance and pay, in what is being called The Great Resignation. According to the Owl Labs study, one in four employees changed jobs or are actively looking for a new one—among the reasons listed, 84 percent wanted more flexible hours, and 82 percent wanted more flexibility in where they worked.
"As more companies start to determine their flexibility and willingness to allow employees to work remote, flexible, or hybrid schedules, candidates can be pickier in seeking out companies that fit their specific needs," says Brie Weiler Reynolds, career development manager and coach at FlexJobs and Remote.co. "And as we move into 2022 and beyond, the expected growth rate of full-time remote work over the next five years has doubled from 30 percent to 65 percent, giving job seekers more opportunities than ever before to work remotely," says Reynolds.
FlexJobs' Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2022 shows this growth in remote positions. "A record number of 34 new companies made 2022's annual list, further signaling that companies are committed to hiring remote workers for the long-term," adds Reynolds.
For those currently on the job hunt, Reynolds advises targeting your job search to roles that you are most interested in, and using keywords from the posting in your application to increase the chance of it getting noticed by hiring managers. Make sure you include any previous remote work experience and highlight the skills that make you a good remote worker, such as time management and good communication.
While more companies are offering remote options, the fields that are expected to have the most remote-friendly positions in 2022 per FlexJobs are IT, accounting and finance, marketing, health care, and project management. Whether you're looking for a job that offers you more flexibility, or looking to make a total career change, here is a list of companies that are hiring remote employees—and offering competitive benefits, too.