Desperate firms turn to remote-first for high-level professionals

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2021 was characterized by shrinking talent pools and talent shortages. To get by, firms turned to remote workers to fill the void in staffing. This drove a 12% increase in mid and high-level job vacancies in accounting, finance and human resources (HR).

According to recruitment service firm FlexJobs the past year has not only seen a rise in remote job opportunities but it has also expanded from customer service and marketing jobs. HR and recruiting role listings saw the largest increase in 2021. 

Hiring remote HR workers speeds up the process. This can also expand the candidate pool beyond their usual geography. It is also a way of investing in the future of work. 

FlexJobs also saw an increase in postings in accounting and finance jobs. FlexJobs career services manager Brie Reynolds said this signals that businesses need numbers people to wrangle ever-changing budgets under pressure in the recovering pandemic economy. Many businesses are having to offer more money to hire and maintain employees — all while keeping pace with rising consumer demand for goods and services.

FlexJobs database reveals that 11% of remote jobs are entry-level, 60% call for mid-level experience, 20% are at the manager level and 9% are for senior leaders. This means to say that remote jobs are no longer limited to entry-level positions. 

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