Percent Increase in Telecommuting since 2005, According to FlexJobs & Global Workplace Analytics Report

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The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report Is The Most Up-To-Date and Comprehensive Report on Prevalence, Growth, and Trends in Telecommuting

""More companies have recognized the bottom-line benefits of telecommuting and are increasingly incorporating this type of flexible work arrangement into their business strategies," said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs

Today, FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics announced the release of their 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, the most up-to-date and comprehensive data analysis available on the state of telecommuting in the United States, and recent trends. Among the report’s significant findings: the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. increased 115 percent between 2005 and 2015.

Key findings of the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report include:
●     3.9 million U.S. employees, or 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005 (a 115 percent increase since 2005).
●     The average telecommuter is 46 years of age or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.
●     Roughly the same population of women and men telecommute.
●     Telecommuting is more common among employees over 35 years of age and most common among Baby Boomers.
●     In more than half of the top U.S. metro areas telecommuting exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice. It has grown far faster than any other commute mode.

“Telecommuting offers compelling benefits for economic and job growth while also better addressing current societal, environmental, and infrastructure challenges stemming from our current workforce norm,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “ And while more companies are acknowledging this formally, this data confirms what we’ve been observing at FlexJobs for the past ten years, which is that more and more companies--whether they’re private, public, nonprofit, or start-up -- have recognized the bottom-line benefits of telecommuting and are increasingly incorporating this type of flexible work arrangement into their business strategies,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report includes information on the following:
●     Trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years
●     Demographics of the average telecommuter (age, gender, education, salary)
●     Telecommuting by industry, occupation and sector
●     Telecommuting by metro area (prevalence and growth)
●     Actual and potential economic and environmental impact of telecommuting

“The trend is unmistakable. Leading employers are cashing in on the people, planet, and profit benefits of allowing their people to choose where they want to work,” said Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics.

The findings in this report are based on a special analysis of the latest U.S. government data commissioned by FlexJobs and conducted by Global Workplace Analytics using, among other tools, its proprietary Telework Savings Calculator™. Unless otherwise noted, all telecommuter statistics refer to non-self-employed people who principally work from home (telecommute) at least half-time.

For more information and a copy of the report visit:

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at) or Kate Lister at Kate(at)

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over two million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

About Global Workplace Analytics
Global Workplace Analytics is an evidence-based consulting firm that helps employers and communities quantify, measure, and promote the people, planet, and profit impact of workplace strategies that improve employee flexibility, engagement, well-being, and more. They are the leading authority on telecommuting trends around the world. The firm’s principals, Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, are highly regarded speakers, writers, and thought leaders on the future of work. They have written four business books and scores of articles for major media outlets. Their research has been cited by the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and hundreds of other outlets. Their proprietary tool for quantifying telework impact, the Workplace Savings Calculator™ was described in a 2016 GAO report to Congress, as “comprehensive and based on solid research.”

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