Hey everyone, this is Andrew from HelloRemote and today we’re talking about remote jobs in 2020.
Now, this video is being recorded in March 2020 so we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year and we’re now in the middle of the Corona virus pandemic, so everything I thought about the state of remote jobs 6 weeks ago, has now been turned on its head.
This video is for you if you’re interested in the landscape of remote work in 2020, from somebody who’s been in the space for a while.
And.. if you stick around for the end of this video, I'll explain how to access the HelloRemote online course for free, which is your one stop shop for discovering remote jobs and being in the top 1% of applicants.
So, remote jobs in 2020...what do we know?
Well firstly, the remote jobs market going from 2019 into 2020 was really healthy. It was growing at a positive rate as we saw more and more technology companies getting VC funding, that were going with a remote first strategy (meaning they were starting as a remote company, rather than starting as an office based company, and then going remote later).
According to the report that 29% of all startups posting jobs on Angel List in August 2019 were hiring remote
, so about a third of companies there.
As we tipped into a new decade, it was widely cited that the “twenties” would be the decade of remote work.
A flywheel effect would kick in, where new technology startups were going with a remote first approach, which would attract the best talent away from the traditional tech companies who refused to adopt remote work conditions.
These traditional tech companies, would then in turn need to transition into a remote friendly company, to attract talent to replace the staff that left. Over time, at a 10,000 foot perspective, the remote jobs market would continue to grow at a steady rate.
A great example of this was Jack Dorsey's announcement in February, to make twitter more remote friendly
, and invest the resources into implementing the change from an office based culture, to a remote friendly based culture.
And so that was the trend that those of us in the remote industry were expecting, until the COVID-19 virus kicked in and created a pandemic. Many Government interventions have now promoted isolation, and a work from home policy where possible.
This has in effect, forced remote work on a huge number of companies who were not prepared for it.
Managing and leading a remote workforce takes consideration, and forethought, so I tip my hat to everyone working at companies going through these changes in a really short space of time. It’s the right thing to do, and I’m sure many people will be grateful for your efforts.
In my opinion, I see this as a polarising moment for remote work.
Some companies will embrace the change, and realise they are as productive, if not even more productive than they were before. They will regret not having made the change earlier, and will consider remote one part of their culture going forwards.
But some companies will not be prepared for remote work and will manage it poorly. This will be bad for the company, bad for the people involved, and bad for the industry.
In the fullness of time, these companies will say "We tried remote, it didn't work
This will form their opinion of remote work for many years to come. Which is a shame, because it's just a by-product of poor internal processes and not knowing how to manage a distributed team effectively.
But in the medium to long term, the situation we’re in now will create more remote jobs, which is great if that’s what you’re interested in.
At the time of recording this video, the majority of remote jobs are still in the technology industry, such as software developer, design, customer support, sales, marketing and finance jobs, but we should see a rise in other role types throughout 2020, as more non technical companies consider hiring remote workers in the future.
Also, we know that the majority of remote jobs advertised are still currently based in North America or western Europe, but this is a trend that I see changing, for a number of reasons. Specifically, a number of countries like the United Kingdom are introducing tax laws that prohibit paying contractors who are employees of the company in all but name. But where there is restriction, there is also opportunity and I’m keeping my eye on a company called remote.com
who are paving the way to make it easy for any company to employ anyone, anywhere in the world. If they can solve that problem, then it makes it much easier for companies to hire people all over the world.
So what resources are available to you if you’re looking for remote jobs in 2020?
Well firstly, the big remote job boards like We Work Remotely, RemoteOk and Flex jobs are still great places to discover remote job vacancies.
There are also online career accelerators like Lambda School and microverse.org that train you to become a developer, and help you find a job, for which they’ll take a percentage of your income for a set period of time.
Or you could think about the sort of company you’d like to work for and contact them directly to see if they have any remote jobs vacancies for the role you’re interested in.
Or, you could sign up for HelloRemote which is a free online course that shows you the A-Z of getting a remote job. There’s a feed of remote job vacancies that gets updated on a daily basis, there’s a long list of all the places you can find remote jobs online, and we can help be in the top 1% of applicants. It really is your one stop shop for landing a remote job, fast.
So if this sounds good to you, head over to HelloRemote.co today and create your account for free.