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Survey: More Flexible Jobs Available
FlexJobs’ sixth annual survey of more than 5,500 people interested in flexible work uncovered new insights into trends driving the work flexibility movement.
A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time or freelance component, according to the Boulder, CO-based online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance jobs.
Key insights include the following:
• 16% of survey respondents said health or disability concerns are a factor in why they search for flexible work. Fortunately, more employers are offering flexible jobs for people with disabilities, particularly remote positions that allow workers to set up home-based offices.
• While working parents are certainly helping drive the flexibility trend, there are plenty of job seekers sans children that seek and value work flexibility, as 40% of the 5,500-plus respondents didn’t have children.
• Millennials have been in the spotlight of the job market for some time as the main proponents of flexible work, but the rate of response from older workers was roughly the same as those from younger job seekers on issues surrounding work flexibility. Response in the 20 to 29 age group was 11% - roughly the same as the 11.5% response rate in the 60 to 69 age group.
• 70% of respondents had at least a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.
• While some respondents said they would be willing to exchange certain benefits to have work flexibility, such as vacation time or 401(k) contributions, 43% said that shouldn’t be necessary. This is strong indication that work flexibility is no longer considered a negotiating strategy or perk, but, increasingly, an expected job benefit.
• 86% of job seekers believe a flexible job would help them be less stressed.
• 45% of those surveyed say a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life.
• 52% of those polled say it would have a positive impact.
According to the study, the top 10 flexible career categories that have grown the most since January 1, 2017, plus common job titles within those categories, are:
1. Editing: Copywriter, editor, copy editor
2. Writing: Technical writer, resume writer, writer
3. Data Entry: Bookkeeper, data entry clerk, in-field quantitative market researcher
4. Advertising & PR: Event specialist sales, account executive, account representative
5. Event Planning: Event coordinator, event assistant, event planner
6. News & Journalism: News editor, news writer, news producer
7. Internet & Ecommerce: Social media coordinator, e-commerce manager, digital strategist
8. Account Management: Account manager, account executive, sales rep
9. Computer & IT: IT project manager, systems engineer, business analyst
10. Accounting & Finance: Staff accountant, bookkeeper, accounting clerk
In addition, the survey found some surprising flexible jobs currently hiring include:
1. Investigator, Civil Rights
3. Reservoir Navigation Specialist (Drilling Services)
4. Television Opinion Writer
5. Clinical Neuropsychologist-Behavioral Med Practitioner
6. Crypto Currency Editor & Trader
7. Traffic Engineer
8. Career Pastry Chef Instructor
9. Literacy Specialist I
10. Space Flight Director
The career categories with the highest overall number of flexible jobs listings during 2017 are:
• Medical & Health
• Customer Service
• Computer & IT
Lastly, the study revealed 15 jobs that can be performed from anywhere in the U.S. or the world, listed here in alphabetical order:
1. Account Manager
2. Adjunct Faculty
3. Clinical Research Associate
4. Curriculum Development Specialist
5. Director of Clinical Analytics
6. High-Tech Executive Recruiting Contractor
7. Math Tutor
8. Medical Case Manager
9. Online Fundraising Campaign Director
10. Project Management Specialist
11. Quality Assurance Analyst
13. Scientific Editor
15. UI-UX Designer
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