The number of telecommuting jobs has increased over the last year, according to FlexJobs, which cites a 36 percent increase in remote job postings on its site from 2014 to 2015. To compare, there was only a 26 percent increase from 2013 to 2014, according to the company.
Why the big jump? Technology has enabled workers to get work done outside of the traditional office setting, and it's also allowed companies to open up hiring to other states or countries, because employees don't necessarily have to be local. In addition to telecommuting and remote jobs, plenty of companies also offer employees a flexible schedule, where they can work from home a day or two per week.
FlexJobs released its list of the top 100 companies offering remote work. Tech companies are well-represented on that list. Here are the top 10.
Amazon came in at 3rd overall on the list for best telecommuting options with full-time and part-time remote job offerings. Best-known for its ecommerce site, Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and employs over 91,300 people worldwide; all while it aims to be "Earth's most customer-centric company." It's grown from an online bookstore to a world-wide retail website and, as of 2015, it has surpassed Walmart to become the highest-valued retailer in America. Current openings for remote jobs at Amazon include positions for systems engineers, visual designers and cloud support associate.
Dell, headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, was established in 1984 by CEO and Chairman Michael Dell, who was just 19 years old at the time. Since then, it's grown to become a well-known worldwide tech company that employs over 103,300 people around the globe. Dell is also the leading shipper of PC monitors and the third largest PC vendor after HP and Lenovo. As a company, Dell prides itself on offering a wide range of job opportunities including full-time, part-time as well as remote jobs, flex-time and compressed work-weeks. Recent flexible job openings at Dell have include positions for systems consultants, interoperability specialists and developers, just to name a few.
Third on the list of the Top 10 tech companies that offer remote work is IBM, which was founded in 1911 and employs over 400,000 people worldwide. IBM has a hand in nearly every facet of technology, including big data, business intelligence, cloud computing, analytics and security. IBM prides itself on not only offering flexible work solutions for employees, but also comprehensive benefits and competitive salaries. IBM has posted remote openings on FlexJobs that include positions for software engineers, developers and programmers.
Salesforce is best-known for its CRM software. Its long list of clients includes the likes of Pandora, Google and LinkedIn. With over 10,000 employees, Salesforce remains dedicated to assisting large businesses with technology projects, while still maintaining the feel of a small company. It's been on Fortune's "100 best companies to work for" list for six years running, and has been dubbed the "World's Most Innovative Company" by Forbes. Flexible openings for Salesforce include listings for engineers, database administrators and technical architects.
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