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10 Amazing Stats about the Growth of Remote Workers

It’s amazing how passenger vehicles have become so much more tranquil, comfortable, and fuel-efficient in recent decades. Public transportation is steadily growing in major urban centers as well, giving residents more choices in how they commute. And for out-of-town excursions, discount airlines are keeping air travel affordable for businesses.

The result of all of these transportation improvements? More and more workers wanting to stay home.

Remote workers

Who needs a long or stressful commute?

The growth of remote workers (also called teleworking or telecommuting) has been phenomenal in the 21st century. If you’re still not convinced that that remote work is here to stay, here are ten astonishing statistics that will change your mind:

  1. According to, which uses federal data for its figures, more than one out of every 40 workers telecommuted to his or her job in America in 2012. That’s a total of over 3 1/4 million people.
  2. WorldAtWork, which tracks various types of “mobile work,” puts the number of remote workers in the U.S. at 26.2 million as of 2010. That figure reflects people who work from home as infrequently as a day each month.
  3. says that between 2005 and 2012, the number of remote workers surged by more than 70% at for-profit companies. That included a 4.8% jump from 2011 to 2012, a period when the entire American private sector working population grew by only 2.5%.
  4. This trend is especially pronounced in California. The large U.S. metro area with the highest percentage of primarily remote workers in 2011 was San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos at 4.2%. The large region (over a million people) with the largest growth rate of remote workers from 2005 to 2011 was Riverside/San Bernadino/Ontario at 77%.

Remote workers

He’s working hard – and is only two steps away from his favorite lunch spot!

  1. As a result, more and more companies are allowing some of their employees to work from home. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that more than half of the companies surveyed in late 2009 provided some type of “out-of-office” work options for their employees. Plus, 22% of them believed that they would see more remote workers on their payrolls in the coming year.
  2. This isn’t just an American trend. CBI found that almost three out of every five British firms it surveyed in 2011 had some employees working remotely, which is up drastically from the 22% reported in 2003.
  3. Finally, computed that companies who have remote worker arrangements typically sees cost savings of about $11,000 per remote worker per year. Moreover, the remote workers themselves tend to save between $2,000 and $7,000 per person annually.

Remote workers

She’s smiling because she isn’t spending extra money on gas, subway fares, or train tickets.

Do you want to get in on the remote worker trend? Then partner with a remote recruiting agency that has more than a decade of global experience in pairing qualified job candidates with businesses like yours: DistantJob.

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Maria Rainelli

Maria Rainelli

Maria Rainelli is a freelance writer who works with DistantJob to research and synthesise the best remote work related content into practical, accurate and actionable guides and articles on how to improve remote leadership and better manage your teams.