An article written by TechRepublic Staff Macy Bayern (April 22, 2020) about a report released from FlexJobs that listed the top 70 companies hiring remote workers during the the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. (Please note, the top companies may have changed since that date.) The article includes the list of companies, along with tips for applying for remote work positions.
FlexJobs focuses on the curation of job ads for flexible work positions. Some positions are 100% remote while others are hybrid (some remote and some onsite). Full access to the site requires a membership fee (available at different levels), but you can browse the site for free before deciding if you want to start a membership.
Pricing – lists pricing options for weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly memberships
Job search results for Oregon – a general search for flexible jobs in Oregon; filter by "Remote Work Level" to narrow results to specific types of remote work and/or "Schedule" to narrow results to work schedule type (such as full-time, part-time, etc.)
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Find Jobs at Companies – search set to look for flexible/remote positions; use "Job Level" filter to narrow results to job level and/or "Company Size" filter to narrow results to size of company.
"Looking for a remote job as a developer, customer service rep, recruiter, designer or sales professional? Browse openings in those categories and more below. We hand curate this list to showcase the best remote job opportunities in the most recruited job categories. Find a remote job here to launch your work anywhere career."
Note: Click on the "plus" (+) button to open additional options, such as entry-level or part-time.
Abstract: "We report the results of a nationally-representative sample of the US population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey ran in two waves from April 1-5, 2020 and May 2-8, 2020. Of those employed pre-COVID-19, we find that about half are now working from home, including 35.2% who report they were commuting and recently switched to working from home. In addition, 10.1% report being laid-off or furloughed since the start of COVID-19. There is a strong negative relationship between the fraction in a state still commuting to work and the fraction working from home. We find that the share of people switching to remote work can be predicted by the incidence of COVID-19 and that younger people were more likely to switch to remote work. Furthermore, states with a higher share of employment in information work including management, professional and related occupations were more likely to shift toward working from home and had fewer people laid off or furloughed. We find no substantial change in results between the two waves, suggesting that most changes to remote work manifested by early April."
Description: "According to Global Workplace Analytics, 3.6% of the workforce (or roughly five million people) are working remotely. It’s become a more and more popular option over the years, as employees seek the advantages of flexibility and lower commuting costs. Of course, the Global Workforce Analytics number is all based on the pre-disruption economy. The COVID-19 crisis will result in multiple labor market shifts, but one could argue that the most immediate and massive swing has been to the prevalence of working from home. So, let’s explore the five things you should know about the future of remote work."
Abstract: "Evaluating the economic impact of “social distancing” measures taken to arrest the spread of COVID-19 raises a fundamental question about the modern economy: how many jobs can be performed at home? We classify the feasibility of working at home for all occupations and merge this classification with occupational employment counts. We find that 37 percent of jobs in the United States can be performed entirely at home, with significant variation across cities and industries. These jobs typically pay more than jobs that cannot be done at home and account for 46 percent of all US wages. Applying our occupational classification to 85 other countries reveals that lower-income economies have a lower share of jobs that can be done at home."
Abstract: "Based on rich novel survey data on almost 5,000 working age adults, we document that 35.2 percent of the workforce worked entirely from home in May 2020, up from 8.2 percent in February 2020. Highly educated, high-income and white individuals were much more likely to shift to remote work and to maintain employment following the virus outbreak. Using available estimates of the potential number of home-based workers suggests that a large majority (71.7 percent) of US workers that could work from home, effectively did so in May. We provide some evidence indicating that apart from the potential for home-based work, industry business conditions and labor demand also mattered for employment outcomes following the virus outbreak."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor and "measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy."
American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
"Measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing."
See page 16 of the 2019 American Time Use Survey Results for Table 7, which provides information for "Employed persons working on main job at home, workplace, and time spent working at each location by class of worker, occupation, and earnings."
Ability to work from home: Evidence from two surveys and implications for the labor market in the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly Labor Review (June 2020)
Description: "This article examines the relationship between workers’ ability to work at home, as captured in job characteristics measured by the Occupational Information Network, and the actual incidence of working at home, as measured by the American Time Use Survey and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. For occupations in which telework is feasible, the article also estimates the proportion of workers who actually teleworked for a substantial amount of time prior to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The article concludes by examining recent (April 2020) employment estimates from the Current Population Survey, aiming to gauge how the initial employment effects of the pandemic differed between occupations in which telework is feasible and occupations in which it is not."