Which companies are hiring the most technologists for all-remote positions right now? As you might expect, those companies hungriest for remote hires belong to the same industries undergoing a general hiring spree, including defense and healthcare.
For answers, we turn (as we so often do) to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings across the country; it also gives us the ability to sort by all-remote jobs. One word of caution: Although Burning Glass is comprehensive, it doesn’t represent the totality of hiring, as some companies hire without ever turning to job postings (especially for highly specialized roles). Nonetheless, the platform gives us crucial insight into current hiring trends.
Over the past 60 days, General Dynamics and UnitedHealth Group posted the most all-remote positions for technologists. Other healthcare and defense firms seemed similarly hungry for remote workers, which suggests that remote work isn’t an impediment to working with sensitive data if the right safeguards are in place (defense projects are often classified; anyone who works with data in healthcare is bound to HIPAA and other regulations).
Potentially the most interesting thing about this list, however, are the companies that aren’t on it. Earlier this month, when we analyzed general hiring trends, we noted that tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, and Uber were on a bit of a hiring binge over the past two months. And yet none of these companies ranked on the all-remote-hiring list. Why is that?
The straightforward answer, of course, is that none of the major tech companies are hiring very many remote workers, opting instead to bring employees into their offices. Amazon has cheerfully proclaimed that it’s going to embrace an “office-centric” culture post-pandemic, while Facebook has said that any remote employee who moves to a city with a cheaper cost of living than Silicon Valley will need to take a pay cut, which could dampen workers’ enthusiasm for uprooting their current lives. Although other big tech companies such as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google are also presenting all-remote options for workers, they’re also emphasizing their newfound love of hybrid workplaces where employees come into the office for at least a few days per week or month.
Over the past year, there’s been a lot of debate within the tech industry about whether the “era of the office” is over, with entire companies working full-time from home. As we move into a post-pandemic era, it’s pretty clear that many companies are opting for hybrid rather than remote work—but how that will actually impact the job opportunities of those who want to work full-time remote remains to be seen. At least industries beyond tech seem to be embracing all-remote jobs.