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Recent reports have indicated a sharp increase in the uptake of remote recruitment in businesses around the globe. In light of this, we have created a series of articles entitled ‘Who Hires Remotely, Anyway?’ which looks at the effectiveness of remote recruitment in practice. If you are considering working remotely and would like more information on the subject, we urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

To date, we have categorised businesses that utilise remote workers based on the type of business and the industry they are in. Currently, we are looking into investigating the scope of remote recruitment through the lens of different job functions. It is important to note that job titles are not a barrier to remote recruitment in the same way that company size or industry is not.

In recent years, there has been a marked rise in the number of employees from different age groups and backgrounds working remotely. This article seeks to examine the recent changes in the prevalence of remote working across a range of industries, professions and job roles.

Prior to delving into the main content of the article, we deem it necessary to provide a short supplementary explanation of the figures we have mentioned. According to Robert Half’s Annual Salary Guide, the most sought-after benefit amongst workers was the ability to work remotely. Moreover, those who had the option to work remotely or had flexible hours were more likely to remain with their current employer.

Working from home can certainly be beneficial, however, that is not the focus of the conversation here. Instead, we shall be concentrating on those jobs which are specifically advertised as remote working roles and are filled by individuals who are experienced in working in this way.

Okay, so let’s get going.

Types of Jobs that Can Be Done from Home

The prevalence of remote working in the modern workforce is indicative of the most prosperous industries and organisations. Research suggests that approximately half of all professions can be performed remotely, including but not limited to those in the fields of accounting, the arts, consultancy, mathematics, retail, sports and writing.

Within each broad group of job roles, there is an extensive selection of titles. There is a vast array of choices available, ranging from entry-level positions to executive roles, part-time to full-time jobs and roles which are fully remote through to those which involve a combination of remote working and travel. It is increasingly common for companies to employ remote recruitment methods for all of these positions.

In the case of the retail industry:

It is easy to identify customer-facing job roles in the retail sector such as greeters, salespeople and cashiers, which rarely involve working from home (although self-checkouts are becoming increasingly popular). However, there are many other roles within the retail industry, such as product development, packaging, manufacturing and distribution, which can often be partially carried out remotely.

Here are three examples of employment you may find in the Retail sector:

  • Manager of Business Operations in a Regional Setting This administrative role is an excellent opportunity to work remotely, with telecommuting being an available option. The primary focus of this role includes generating increased regional sales, managing customer accounts and monitoring customer satisfaction levels.
  • Representative of Guest Services This position is an entry-level role that can be carried out entirely remotely. As part of this role it is essential to be able to provide customer support via email and telephone, responding to and/or escalating customer feedback and complaints.
  • Field Manager This role involves acting in a supervisory capacity and will require frequent travel, with limited time spent in the office. A critical aspect of this position is the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with retail merchants.

It is essential to be aware that out of these three roles, one can be carried out completely remotely, another necessitates significant travelling, and the third affords employees the ability to work from any location in the world. It is clear that these three staff members are not essential for the workplace, and employers are astute enough to recognise this.

Experience Requirements for Remote Positions

In the current climate, it appears that remote working capabilities are the primary factor being taken into consideration when recruiting managers are selecting potential employees. As technology continues to provide cost-saving and revenue-generating opportunities for companies, its use is likely to remain prevalent.

Due to the current climate, the necessity of a candidate having the requisite experience for a particular role is insignificant when hiring remotely. A plethora of positions such as ‘Program Manager’, ‘Project Manager’, ‘Business Development Manager’ and ‘Sales Manager’ are now available on remote job sites.

It can be said that there is no limitation to the types of roles which can be undertaken remotely. Highly skilled positions, that necessitate professional expertise, responsibility and dependability can be successfully carried out from a remote location.

Some remote jobs that demand certain levels of experience are listed below.

  • Jobs for beginners in remote work include coaching, editing, office assistance, medical transcribing, ESL teaching, and writing.
  • Managerial positions that can be carried out remotely include Business Intelligence Practice Manager, Mobilization Lead, At-Home Team Manager, Process Improvement Analyst, Project Manager, National Sales Manager, Senior Technical Assistant Specialist, Implementation Consultant and Program Director. Each of these roles provides the opportunity to work from the comfort of one’s own home, making them ideal for those who prefer to avoid the daily commute.
  • A range of executive roles can be fulfilled remotely, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Information Officer, Vice President, Director of Communications and Operations, Executive Director and Executive Sales Representative.

Titles for Remote Positions

Unsurprisingly, the most popular remote businesses also have the most popular remote job titles listed on job boards.

Here’s a rundown of the top 20 remote jobs, including the industries they’re in and the number of open positions:

  • Budgeting: 1
  • Expertise in Engineering/Information Technology: 5
  • Originativeness Count: 2
  • Administration: 5
  • Qualifications: 2
  • Those in the Medical Field: 2
  • Sales: 3

It is not unexpected that a quarter of the top twenty remote occupations are in the information technology sector. Interestingly, it may come as a surprise to some that a quarter of the most sought-after remote positions are for management roles.

According to FlexJobs, the top 20 in-demand occupations are:

  1. Accountant
  2. Manager of Programs
  3. Teacher/Faculty
  4. Writer
  5. Consultant
  6. Engineer
  7. Manager of Projects
  8. Manager of Business Development
  9. Sales Representative/Manager of Client Relations
  10. Tutor
  11. Developer
  12. Help Desk Technician
  13. In-Store Representational Function
  14. Analyst
  15. Editor
  16. Nurse
  17. Codifiers in the Health Care Industry
  18. Manager of Sales for a Given Territory
  19. Manager of Cases
  20. Professional Critic of Online Communities

The majority of the figures presented in this and the two preceding articles in the “Who Hires Remotely, Anyway?” series are not estimates or conjectural research studies. Instead, the data was collected directly from reputable online job portals, where recruiters advertise job openings and applicants can submit their applications.

The evidence gathered points to a clear trend; remote working is becoming increasingly more prevalent across all sectors, businesses, and job roles. This trend has become so prominent that it has overtaken the traditional hiring methods for all positions and departments within companies.

In response to those who suggest that working remotely is just a passing trend, it is evident that it is now commonplace in the business world. We predict that in the future, everyone will have the ability to work from home, including your team. So, why put off taking action when you know it is inevitable? Simply contact us and we will help you make the transition.

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