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Remote Work Trends


Remote Jobs Are on the Rise!

We've been around since before remote work was trendy, and way before it became the new normal. Since 2013, we've had the pleasure of observing and evolving alongside the remote work phenomenon as it changes the way we all think about work. As a result, we have an immense amount of data on remote hiring, and we’re excited to show you what we’ve seen over the years.

TLDR: Remote work isn’t going anywhere.

We analyzed over 15,000 jobs posted on WWR since inception and here are our findings.


Growth of Remote Work

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We’ve typically seen an average of 25% growth year over year with the exception of 2018-2019, which saw a 40% jump. That means, since 2013, remote jobs have grown by 1,150.2%!

What does this mean? Remote jobs are hot and despite the pandemic, many companies are still hiring.


Total Jobs Posted on WWR
2013-2020:

15,400+


Growth of Remote Job Categories

What kind of remote jobs are available and how are they changing over time?

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With the intention of advocating for remote work in more sectors, we branched out from our most popular category, Programming, and made the following changes:

The consistent growth shown in these categories year over year shows us that remote work continues to expand to more and more sectors. You don't have to be a programmer to work remotely in 2020!


How Fully Remote are the Jobs?

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On WWR, 100% remote jobs have zero location restrictions. Employees can work from anywhere. Typically, the company doesn’t have headquarters and the entire team is distributed.

Outside of that, remote jobs with restrictions are usually tied to a country or time zone. If a job requires you to live in a city or commute to the office a few times a week, we’ve historically defined them as “not remote enough” and remove them from the platform.


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Not only has 2020 changed remote work, but it also has shifted the way we look at remote work. As more hybrid companies surface, how will remote work be defined from here on?


Remote Companies

Who in the world is hiring remote?

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These countries are where the most remote friendly companies are headquartered.


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Surprisingly, the majority of remote companies have a physical office or headquarters. With the growth of hybrid companies, we only assume this number will increase.


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With over 15,000 jobs posted on We Work Remotely, how many remote companies are out there?

Since 2013, 6,083+ companies have posted remote jobs
on WWR


Remote Job Seekers

We Work Remotely sees an average of 2.5 million total visits per month. Who in the world is looking for remote jobs?

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Out of all eight categories, these categories have seen the most visitors.


Final Thoughts

In 2020, employers truly discovered the value of remote work. The pandemic forced businesses to adapt and remove the dependence on a traditional HQ. It prompted a full migration to remote workforces and hybrid workforces in some cases.

Companies also discovered the incredible power of hiring remote talent that isn't bound to specific locations, unlocking a level of diversity and breadth of experiences that weren't possible before. Almost daily, we hear inspiring stories about companies finding the perfect candidates and people finding their dream careers because of remote work. And as we’ve all experienced and observed, that’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Remote work may seem like a trend, but there’s evidence here that remote jobs are in-demand. The “future of work” is now.


The State of Remote Work

These quarterly reports highlight the most significant and emerging trends, how the biggest companies are tackling work-from-home measures, and what you can expect from the new remote work shift. Sign up for our reports and view past issues below!

• 2020 Q3 Report (March-September)

• 2020 Q4 Report (October to December)


Last updated Dec 2020