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ComputerWhat’s the policy on telecommuting where you work? Do the bosses encourage it or fight it?

A list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Telecommuting and Remote Jobs in 2016 shows that computer, health, and sales companies top the list of firms offering telecommuting and remote jobs.

The list is based on an analysis of more than 40,000 companies and their telecommuting job posting histories in FlexJobs’ database during 2015. FlexJobs is a website that offers information on telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs.

To be considered, companies had to offer a telecommuting friendly component to some of their jobs, such as an arrangement to telecommute entirely, or part of the time, as an option.

There was a 36 percent increase in the number of telecommuting friendly jobs posted in FlexJobs’ database from 2014 to 2015, compared to a 26 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.

Dell, UnitedHealth Group, and IBM were among the top 10 companies with the highest number of remote jobs posted in 2015. Some companies, such as Wells Fargo and CACTUS Communications, are newcomers to the Top 100 list, while others, such as Aetna and ADP were also on last year’s list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2015.

The top seven career fields, followed by examples of top 100 companies hiring for these types of jobs, include:

  1. Computer and IT: Dell, IBM,Apple
  1. Medical and health: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna
  1. Sales: American Express, Appen, GE
  1. Administrative: Kelly Services,Healthfirst, McKesson
  1. Customer service: Sutherland Global,Amazon, LiveOps.
  1. Education and training: Connections Academy, K12, Kaplan
  1. Marketing: About.com,ADP, HD Supply

“These companies clearly understand that integrating telecommuters into their workforce is a smart business strategy," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Remote working is on the rise, and this acceleration is great news for anyone wishing to trade the office for a telecommuting job.”

Job titles such as writer, engineer, marketing manager, healthcare consultant, case manager, development director, recruiter, sales representative, account executive, IT analyst, clinical research associate, project manager, and interpreter/translator are some of the most commonly found when searching for jobs that offer telecommuting options.

Since 2005, there has been a 103 percent growth in the number of telecommuters in the United States, Sutton said. People who telecommuted in both 2014 and 2015 said that they telecommuted 22 percent more in 2015, according to a FlexJobs survey.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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