While telecommuting can be done from anywhere with reliable internet access, employers often have some type of geography requirement, experts say.
When it comes to finding that dream work-from-home job, location may matter.
After analyzing the job posting activity of more than 40,000 companies in its database, telecommuting jobs website FlexJobs found California led its list of the top 10 states where companies recruited the most state-based telecommuters in 2015.
“While telecommuting can technically be done from anywhere with reliable internet access, many people are surprised to learn that the vast majority of telecommuting jobs do have some type of geography requirement such as city, state, region or country,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
Employers may want people to attend occasional in-office meetings, be close to clients, be close to travel hubs if the job requires many out-of-town visits, live in specific time zones or take advantage of state tax laws, she explained.
The top 10 states from 2015, and companies recently posting ads for employees from those states:
- California: SAP, Groupon and VMware
- Texas: UnitedHealth Group, Ford Motor Co. and JPMorgan
- New York: Salesforce, Teradata and Kaplan
- Florida: Aetna, Sodexo and Achieve Test Prep
- Illinois: Xerox, McKesson Corp. and Cisco
- Pennsylvania: Cigna, IBM and Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Georgia: Hartford Financial Services Group, Fiserv and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- North Carolina: Wells Fargo, Red Hat and Hilton Worldwide
- Virginia: Amazon, Nielsen and Anthem Inc.
- Massachusetts: Dell, McKinsey & Co. and CVS Health
Besides letting you work from home, telecommuting saves money and the environment, according to studies cited by FlexJobs.
The national yearly average of personal savings per telecommuter is approximately $10,500, it said. The typical telecommuter, according to the Census Bureau statistic cited by FlexJobs, is a 49-year-old, college-educated, salaried nonunion employee in a management or professional role who earns $58,000 a year, and works for a company with more than 100 employees.
In 2015, a Dell computers study of telecommuting revealed that its American workers, whether through formal programs or informal arrangements, worked remotely 9.7 times per month, avoiding using 175 gallons of gas, at a savings of $339 per year each.
“Our team members are saving money and resources and appreciate the flexibility to work where, when and how they’re most productive,” said John Pflueger, Dell’s environmental strategist.
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