FlexJobs’ Survey Profiles Job Seekers Who Want Flexible Work Options

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A survey of current and former job seekers by the top site for flexible jobs reveals who's looking for more flexibility and work, and the interesting reasons why.

With over 800 responses, a recent survey conducted by FlexJobs gives insight into job seekers who want flexibility in their careers. The number one reason to seek out a flexible job, according to 79% of respondents, was work-life balance, followed by family, commute stress, health, environmental and exercise. And the number one reason to find a telecommute job in particular is to avoid interruptions from colleagues, said 82% of those surveyed.

Findings also show that the average flexible job seeker is between the ages of 30-59 and 82% hold a bachelor's degree or higher. As for family, 65% are married, 71% are parents, and 57% are in a relationship where both spouses work. Of those moms and dads, 60% have children still living at home.

“It is definitely exciting to get a clearer picture of the people who are actively interested in job flexibility,” shared Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “While everyone has their own personal motivations for finding a job that offers flexibility, it's clear that work-life balance, family matters, and reduced stress play a huge role in people's decisions to seek flexible work.”

A vast majority of survey takers felt job flexibility would save them money (93%) and time (96%), increase their health (78%) and reduce their stress (86%).

Where do flexible job seekers live? 77% say they live near a big city, and California (11.7%), Colorado (7.7%), and Texas (6.6%) had the most respondents. It appears that professionals might be interested in flexible jobs for supplemental income with 75% currently employed and only 24% having a full time job.

For those looking for home based jobs, 76% have telecommuted before and 97% feel they are tech-savvy. When asked if telecommuting versus being in an office would result in higher productivity, 98% said yes, they would be at least as productive, if not more productive working from home.

The number one reason for looking for remote employment was fewer interruptions from colleagues (82%), followed closely by commuting stress (77%), office politics (73%), comfort (72%) and fewer distractions (71%).

“Quite frankly, we expected commuting stress to be at the top of the list and were surprised at how many people chose interruptions from office colleagues as their number one reason,” stated Fell.

Results of the survey can be viewed at: http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/flexjobs-survey-why-people-want-telecommuting-and-flexible-work/

For media inquiries, please contact Chelsea Gladden, Chelsea(at)flexjobs(dot)com or 1-866-991-9222 x 4.

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