News digest from Aug 26, 2022

by Giulietta Boyun
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1. Top places in the U.S. for remote work | Property Casuality 360
Aug 23, 2022

The international tech company SysAid recently analyzed remote worker data to determine the “best places for remote work in the U.S.” Using U.S. Census Bureau data that included (only) the first year of the pandemic, researchers determined that Martha’s Vineyard area of Vineyard Haven in Massachusetts, where 17% of workers are remote, is the best place in the U.S. to telecommute. Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana are the worst places in the U.S. to be a remote worker, according to SysAid.

SysAid researchers also confirmed that some industries are better suited to remote work than others.

“It is very surprising that, on average, only one in 20 American city dwellers works remotely,” the company said in a statement about the research. “Industries such as finance, insurance, and most professional consulting could easily adopt a remote work model with the right IT system in place. Even industries like manufacturing can automate chain supply processes more efficiently, for example, so that more employees can manage tasks from any computer. Similarly, all admin jobs can easily be streamlined through better ticketing automation, with one centralized hub to connect across all departments to offer flawless customer service. Having worked with small to Fortune 500 companies over the years, we have found that education, healthcare, manufacturing, and HR are the most convertible sectors towards remote or hybrid work models.”


2. The remote work revolution is already reshaping America | The Washington Post
Aug 19, 2022

Around a third of work was done remotely in the United States in 2021 and 2022, according to economists José María Barrero (Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico), Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), and Steven Davis (University of Chicago).

Other data points support this observation and suggest that remote workers are switching to a hybrid schedule. A new poll shared with The Post by Gallup found 29 percent of remote-capable workers working from home full time in June — down from 39 percent in February — while the share working hybrid schedules rose a comparable amount.

The highest rates of remote work appear among technology, communications, professional services, and finance and insurance workers, according to data from more than 200,000 businesses using the payroll and benefits provider Gusto. Those data also show remote work growing across the board.

“There is different exposure of industries to remote work, but the exposure to remote work writ large is universal,” said Liz Wilke, the firm’s principal economist. “Every single industry experienced an increase.”

The places with the highest remote-work rates in the country include the dense urban cores of Manhattan, D.C., and San Francisco, along with much of Northern Virginia’s suburban heartland, including Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria, and Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Also in the top 10 are the federal science hub of Los Alamos County, N.M., and the wealthy lakeside enclave of Forsyth County, Ga., northeast of Atlanta.

“Many workers in urban areas are continuing to experience the benefit of not being tied to a certain Zip code and moving to more affordable exurbs, whether to be closer to family and support structures or to ‘get more for their money’ and experience a different standard of living on their same paycheck,” said Yvette Cameron, an Oracle senior vice president who specializes in human-resource management software.


3. 10 companies that will let you work from anywhere and are hiring now | CNBC
Aug 22, 2022

Eighty-seven percent of workers offered some form of remote work embrace the opportunity and spend three days a week on average working from home, a recent McKinsey survey of 25,000 Americans found.

Still, true work-from-anywhere jobs are hard to find. FlexJobs found that about 95% of remote jobs have geographic requirements, whether it’s a specific region, country, state, or city. 

Here are the top 10 companies with the highest volume of work-from-anywhere job postings (see the full list here): 

  1. Protocol Labs
  2. Wikimedia Foundation
  3. StudySmarter 
  4. Toptal
  5. Achieve Test Prep
  6. ModSquad
  7. Polygon Technology
  8. Superside
  9. ConsenSys
  10. Airbnb

A growing number of people are choosing to take their work on the road: In a recent Lonely Planet survey of more than 1,400 respondents from six countries (including the U.S. and Mexico), 54% of workers self-identified as “anywhere workers,” a new kind of digital nomad who splits their time between working remotely and traveling.

As more companies consider expanding remote work options for their employees, FlexJobs career coach Toni Frana tells CNBC Make It that she expects the number of jobs that can be performed from anywhere to expand soon — and the competition for such jobs to grow as well. 


4. Mexico City becomes ‘work from home’ haven for US expats, but locals are getting priced out | CNN Business
Aug 23, 2022

Bustos Gorozpe is a university professor who was born and raised in Mexico City. He noticed the trend of American expats traveling to Mexico’s capital accelerated with Covid-19, since Mexico had fewer border restrictions than other countries. That coincided with a growing number of US companies allowing their employees to work remotely. Many chose to do that south of the border, in Mexico City.

Among the US expats who’ve flocked to Mexico City in recent months is 37-year-old Erik Rodriguez.

Rodriguez originally traveled to Mexico City as a tourist and now lives in the city and works remotely as an economic development analyst for a US-based agency.

Rodriguez admitted he’s not in Mexico City to rediscover his roots or improve his Spanish, of which he speaks only a little. He’s there to save money while still enjoying a quality lifestyle.

Rodriguez and other so-called ‘digital nomads’ can be seen in city cafes or in parks, laptops open, busy at work.


5. 20 Big Companies That Hire Remote Workers | US News. Money, Aug 22, 2022

U.S. News & World Report conducted an internal survey of 200 companies in technology, digital media, and financial services – and findings show that of these 200 companies, 77% offer remote job opportunities. In fact, fewer than 2% do not have any remote work options.

Here are 20 major employers that hire remote workers:

Activision Blizzard Inc.
Santa Monica, California
Employees: 9,800 employees
What the company is: Activision Blizzard specializes in creating video games. You’ve likely heard of some of their creations – Candy Crush, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, among others.

San Jose, California
Employees: 25,998
What the company is: Adobe is a computer software company. If you do a lot of office work on computers, you’ve probably used or heard of some of Adobe’s software, like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Headquarters: Sydney, Australia
Employees: 8,179
What the company is: The company develops products primarily for software developers and project managers.

San Rafael, California
Employees: 12,600
What the company is: Autodesk makes software products and services for a number of industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and entertainment. They have offices around the world, including five in the United States.

New York City
Employees: 18,400
What the company is: It’s an investment management company, home to portfolio managers, fixed income traders, compliance officers, and software engineers, among other professions.

New York City
Employees: 223,400
What the company is: It’s an investment bank and financial services corporation. It’s one of the country’s oldest banks, and you may have a Citibank credit card in your wallet. The types of professionals who inhabit Citigroup are what you would expect – bankers, product managers, and customer service representatives, among others.

Headquarters: Armonk, New York
Employees: 282,100
What the company is: It’s a highly respected technology company that has been around since 1911. There are numerous careers at IBM, in everything from research to sales and software development to much, much more.

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
Employees: 121,100
What the company is: Intel designs and manufactures technologies that power cloud computing. The company seems to want its workforce in the offices, but early in 2022, Christy Pambianchi, executive vice president and chief people officer wrote on LinkedIn that flexibility was the name of the game.

Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Employees: 14,200
What the company is: Intuit is a software company. You’ve likely heard of some of their products, like Quicken, QuickBooks & TurboTax to Some of the professions you’ll find here include software engineers and data scientists.

Marvell Technology
Santa Clara, California
Employees: 6,729
What the company is: Marvell Technology develops and produces semiconductors and other related technology. As you would expect, they hire software engineers and computer programmers as well as professionals such as accounting analysts and technical writers.

Nvidia Corporation
Santa Clara, California
Employees: 22,473
What the company is: It’s a technology company that, among other things, specializes in artificial intelligence hardware and software. Its headquarters have been compared to a palace, making it attractive for workers, but many employees are still opting to work remotely.

Austin, Texas
Employees: 143,000
What the company is: Oracle is a computer technology company, selling software and cloud engineering systems, among other things. If you work at Oracle, you might be an application sales manager, a software engineer, or a marketing manager.

Headquarters: San Jose, California
Employees: 30,900
What the company is: You’ve probably heard of PayPal and used the payment method. PayPal Holdings, Inc. is a financial technology company; it helps make money transfers and online payments easier. It was founded in 1998 and has been a successful company in recent years.

PNC Bank
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Employees: 59,426
What the company is: During the pandemic, PNC Bank let most of its employees work from home. As the pandemic has receded, it has been bringing many employees back on site. Still, you can find plenty of positions at PNC Bank being advertised that allow remote work.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Employees: 77,000
What the company is: Salesforce makes software that helps companies sell. Meanwhile, its employees have sold Salesforce on offering a flexible work policy, where many employees work remotely.

San Jose, California
Employees: 7,500
What the company is: This software company specializes in offering technology that is used for searching, monitoring, visualizing, and analyzing machine data in real time.

Texas Instruments
Dallas, Texas
Employees: 31,000
What the company is: It’s a very well-known and respected technology company that specializes in designing and manufacturing semiconductors. There are all sorts of positions available from cost accountants, to web application developers and purchasing coordinator managers, and manufacturing process engineers – just to name a few jobs listed on Texas Instruments’ career page.

San Francisco, California
Employees: 21,500
What the company is: It is a financial services corporation that specializes in digital payments. You may well have a Visa-branded credit card in your wallet. If you work at Visa, you might do just about anything. There are currently openings for software engineers, research scientists, and data scientists, among other careers.

Pleasanton, California
Employees: 15,200
What the company is: The company is on‑demand financial management, human capital management, and student information system software vendor.

San Francisco, California
Employees: 4,400
What the company is: Yelp has its famous website,, and the Yelp mobile app, both of which publish crowd-sourced reviews about businesses. If you want to work remotely and work for Yelp, that shouldn’t be a problem.


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