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5 Job Boards That Specialize in Remote Work

September 20, 2021 Digital Workplace
Kaya Ismail
By Kaya Ismail

Remote work is becoming more popular every year. According to a study conducted by freelance work platform Upwork, 42% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. Although only an estimated 27% will still be working from home through 2021, Upwork estimates that 36.2 million Americans (or 22% of the workforce) will be working remotely by 2025. That represents an 87% increase from the number of remote workers before the pandemic. 

With this shift in employment trends, remote work job boards are becoming more critical to help people find jobs where they can work from home, or anywhere for that matter. They're also an important tool for organizations looking to make the most out of the trend.

"As more and more companies such as Twitter, Square, Shopify and Facebook allow employees to continue working from home post-pandemic, they'll also experience considerable long-term cost benefits,” said Lee Grant, CEO at Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Wrangu, an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based provider of security and privacy software.

Why Are Remote Job Boards Important?

Remote job boards can simplify the recruitment process and make it more manageable. Plus, using a remote job board reduces total recruitment cost while enabling companies to target more employees for less money in a place that's more likely to turn up qualified people. For remote workers, these job boards are solid choices to find jobs because it gives them the opportunity to find work everywhere. 

Because these job boards are not restricted by location "they offer candidates access to a higher caliber of potential job offers," said Brad Touesnard, CEO at Halifax, Canada-based SpinupWP, a provider of WordPress services. "They also offer a lot of flexibility for employees to hire short term or long term, part time or full time."

Job boards that specialize in remote work also tend to cater to companies that are relatively mature in their workforce strategy, an added bonus for employees ready to take the plunge long term.

"The benefit of the job boards is that the companies posting to them are often seasoned remote employers who know how to manage a remote team well, as opposed to companies that have just gone remote in the past year out of necessity," said Ouriel Lemmel, CEO at New York-based WinIt, an app for disputing vehicle parking and traffic tickets.

Here are some of the job boards employees and companies are using to look for and fill a remote work position.

Related Article: Is Your Company Any Good at Remote Work?

5 Remote Work Job Boards

FlexJobs

FlexJobs has more than 50 job categories featuring telecommute jobs and remote work opportunities at every career stage. The site is good for freelancers, parents who want flexibility, digital nomads, as well as professionals with alternative schedules who want to make use of free time. FlexJobs requires a membership, but all jobs are screened before they're posted so candidates don't waste time on dodgy remote job listings.

JustRemote

JustRemote provides a simple search page that allows candidates to quickly search remote job listings. The site also makes it easy to find remote positions in specific countries. The site also claims to provide access to more than 4,000 "hidden" jobs that are not widely accessible through its paid Power Search function. 

Remote.co

Remote.co was founded by Sara Sutton, who is also the founder and CEO of FlexJobs. Unlike Flexjobs, Remote.co focuses purely on remote work opportunities and doesn't show telecommute or location-based work from home jobs. The site allows users to search for remote work in data entry, teaching and healthcare, and filter listings to find entry level, freelance, high-paying jobs and part-time remote positions.

Upwork

Using Upwork, agencies and employers can post jobs that professionals with technical backgrounds can then bid to take. Roles fall into a few different categories: web and software development, admin support, design and creative, customer service, writing, data and analytics, sales, and engineering. Digital nomads, people who work from home and professionals with a specific skill set looking for flexible work use Upwork's platform.

We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely claims to be the "largest remote work community in the world," a claim that is hard to validate. But with more than 2.5 million monthly visitors and job postings paid for by big-name tech companies such as Google, Amazon and Basecamp, it has some heft, particularly in the design and programming categories. The site has a simple search interface and also provides remote work resources, such as a list of remote-friendly companies.

Related Article: 3 Ways to Put More Control in the Hands of Remote Employees

Remote Work Looks Set to Stay Long Term

According to one analysis from consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics, companies are saving more than $30 billion per day because the pandemic pushed employers to let workers work at home. As more organizations adopt remote work as a long-term option, this significant economic benefit could persist. 

For those employers looking to continue remote options, remote job boards offer a targeted place to find qualified people, saving time and effort in determining if candidates want to and can work remotely. Each remote job boards offers access to different types of workers, so it's important to research and determine which job board has the type of worker they're seeking. 

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