Just in the past few years, remote work has become a far more viable strategy for established and growing companies and businesses. From creative startups to medium-sized businesses and full-sized enterprises, remote work has proven itself as a growing force in the way companies operate and enhance their business. The year 2018 has shown the direction remote work is heading and we thought we’d take a look at some recent facts about this growth strategy.
In 2015, approximately 300,000 employees worked from home in the U.S. Recent numbers show trends much higher than that. According to some statistics, 3.9 million Americans (including freelancers) that do some kind of work online at least half the week. Those figures alone show that the idea of remote work itself is not only increasing in favor but spreading to different industries.
The tech industry has certainly adapted to the changing state of work and embraced these new models wholeheartedly. Let’s look at some recent data about the nature of remote work and how it has affected the tech industry in particular.
- According to a survey in 2015 by Stackoverflow, 10% of developers worked remotely full time, 19% work remotely part-time, 48% work remotely on occasion, and 23% never work remotely. When compared to the general workforce in 2015, only 2.6 of the population would be considered full-time remote employees.
- Remote developers are likely to have far more experience in the field and are a lot more flexible employees.
- Developers that work remotely and work on open source and non-open source report higher levels of career satisfaction.
- Smaller companies are embracing the remote model as a way to kickstart their growth. Companies with fewer employees often hire more remote developers.
- Both big companies, small businesses, and startups are benefiting from remote hiring, as management teams learn how to better navigate communication and coordination with remote teams.
As technology changes, the landscape of work itself will continue to follow suit. In the first quarter of 2018, for example, 6,140 new Android apps were released. This is how fast the technology world produces new products, services. It’s also an indication that every industry and business has to slowly adapt to the new online platforms and ways of doing business. Every year, more and more companies will require IT services of some form or another. As this happens, more tools are developed to accommodate a remote work model and consequently improve the way companies hire and work remotely.
Here at CodersLink, we have seen these changes first hand. We work with companies of all sizes to help them find remote developers to enhance their company. As a trusted hiring partner, we have access to a community of experienced developers with varying degrees of experience and expertise. We have seen the success rate of the remote work model and know 2019 will continue discovering the many possibilities it offers growing companies.