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Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19 — Q1 Employer Partners Report

Virtual Vocations - businesses still hiring amid COVID-19 - 2020 Q1 Employer Partners report

In this report surveying the hiring landscape of Virtual Vocations Employer Partners for Quarter 1 (Q1) of 2020, we name businesses still hiring amid COVID-19, highlight new Employer Partners that joined our program during Q1, and outline the top locations and industries among the remote jobs posted by our Employer Partners so far this year.

 

The Employer Partner Program

Virtual Vocations - Employer Partners - Top 25 Employer Partners for Remote Work in 2020Virtual Vocations’ Employer Partner program connects remote-enabled companies to highly qualified professionals eager to work remotely. Our Employer Partner program grew by 66% during 2019 with Employer Partners sharing more than 5,900 remote job postings to the Virtual Vocations job board throughout the year.

Program members represent top remote work career fields like education, healthcare, sales, information technology, government, and insurance. Members can submit unlimited job postings on all approved remote jobs as well as enjoy additional program benefits like an Employer Dashboard to easily manage job listings, access to application tracking stats including click-through rate (CTR) and views, a dedicated account manager to assist with hiring needs, and their remote job openings featured in weekly email alerts to more than 800,000 remote jobseekers.

CEO’s Statement on Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19

“With many workers experiencing unemployment, and the possibility of future layoffs still unknown, Virtual Vocations is dedicated to providing as much insight and information to our jobseekers as possible to help them make decisions related to the future of their careers. The release of our first quarterly report focused on the hiring trends of businesses we work closely with as partners comes at a time when people need definitive information about which employers are hiring right now.

Jobseekers want to know about vacancies within their career fields and if those positions are remote, which will allow for some sense of security amid the current economic shutdown. Virtual Vocations considers the timely sharing of this information to be crucial to our mission of helping jobseekers find a job that offers economic and professional stability specifically through working remotely.”

—Laura Spawn, Virtual Vocations CEO & Co-Founder

 

Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19

From Q4 of 2019 to Q1 of 2020, we saw an 18.36% decrease in the number of new Employer Partners added to our program, likely attributed to reduced hiring trends due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, this slight downturn in new program members does not speak to continued overall growth in remote hiring. From February to March 2020, the Virtual Vocations job board grew by 6.21%, even as the ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic began to appear in the U.S. job market.

This growth trend, in spite of sudden economic shifts, inspired us to examine which businesses are still hiring amid COVID-19 as well as what types of positions they seek to fill.

Related: COVID-19: Telecommuting Resources for Employees and Businesses

 

Top 15 Employer Partners for Q1

All of the following companies and organizations represent businesses still hiring amid COVID-19. The companies were ranked according to the number of remote job postings they shared to the Virtual Vocations job board during Q1 as well as the number of vacant remote jobs they had at the time of publication. Seven of the businesses featured here were also named Virtual Vocations Top 25 Employer Partners for Remote Work in 2020, illustrating the hiring consistency among our Employer Partners.

1. Achieve Test Prep

AchieveTestPrep

A training and education company, Achieve Test Prep specializes in fast and flexible professional training, instruction, and credit-by-examination services to help students more quickly and easily pass exams to earn their diplomas. Achieve works with accredited colleges to help students advance in nursing and other college degree programs.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Achieve Test Prep:

  • Sales Support Manager
  • Business Office Manager
  • Human Resources Director

View All Achieve Test Prep Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

2. Honey Bar Media, Inc.

Honey Bar Media is a real estate coaching company providing education and advice to real estate industry professionals who want to become community influencers and generate more online leads. The company was founded by Aarin Chung and, according to its website, is the largest global online learning company for realtors.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Honey Bar Media:

  • Product Launch Manager
  • Growth Marketing Director
  • Community Coordinator

View All Honey Bar Media Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

3. Uscreen

Uscreen delivers high-quality software as a service (SaaS) that enables video creators to effectively distribute their content. The company, with a clientele comprised mainly of small businesses, empowers creators to monetize content in a more tangible way than other streaming services. Uscreen’s website states it is the number one video on demand (VOD) platform for video monetization.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Uscreen:

  • Technical Support Representative
  • SaaS Marketing Writing
  • People Operations Specialist

View All Uscreen Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

4. VirBELA

virbela employer partner

VirBELA is a software technology company that develops learning, collaboration, and assessment tools for distance learning, remote teams, and more. The company’s goal is for its proprietary 3D virtual reality platform to improve the way people learn and collaborate regardless of their geographical location. VirBELA’s business model is built on a foundation of values like sustainability, inclusivity, imagination, transparency, learning, enjoyment, and “People First.”

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from VirBELA:

  • QA Game Tester
  • Backend Software Engineer
  • Senior Unity Engineer

View All VirBELA Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

5. K12 Inc.

K12 is a for-profit education company offering curriculum options for online public schools and homeschooling. The company operates via a hybrid business model in which upper-management staff work on-site with the flexibility to work from home when needed, while all student-facing staff work remotely as well as attend monthly in-person student outings in their local areas. K12 ranked 6th on our list of Top 25 Employer Partners for Remote Work in 2020.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from K12:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • Student Attendance Specialist
  • Curriculum Creator

View All K12 Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

6. TTEC

TTEC, which is ranked 13th on the Virtual Vocations Top 25 Employer Partners for Remote Work in 2020 list, is a customer engagement services provider that curates close partnerships with business leaders to develop customized customer experience solutions. This company focuses on making the experience of the end-user as simple and streamlined as possible.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from TTEC:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Workforce Management Specialist
  • Senior Network Engineer

View All TTEC Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

7. Railroad19

Railroad19

Railroad19 is a software solution and development consulting firm that builds enterprise-level applications for Fortune 500 companies. While utilizing a distributed team of developers, the company creates customized software solutions to help their clients with their bottom-lines. Railroad19 utilizes a specific, and highly selective, applicant screening and job interview process. Their hiring methods have resulted in a nearly 100% retention rate among Railroad19 staff.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Railroad19:

  • Telecommute Cloud Scala Software Developer
  • Telecommute Lead API Automated Software Development Test Engineer
  • Telecommute Data Engineer

View All Railroad19 Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

8. Net Transcripts, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Net Transcripts has been a fully virtual law enforcement transcription company providing both single-speaker and multi-speaker criminal justice transcription services. In addition, the company offers foreign language transcription as well as translation services. Net Transcripts is a Top 25 Employer Partner for Remote Work in 2020.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Net Transcripts:

  • Remote Police Criminal Audio Law Enforcement Transcriber
  • Virtual Crimes Against Youth Law Enforcement Transcriber
  • Remote Insurance Transcripts Editor and Proofreader

View All Net Transcripts Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

9. Aviacode, Inc.

Aviacode is ranked fourth on Virtual Vocations’ Top 25 Employer Partners for Remote Work in 2020 list. In business for more than 20 years, Aviacode develops products that improve medical coding efficiency including tools that allow medical coders the ability to work more quickly and accurately. The majority of Aviacode’s workforce works remotely.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Aviacode:

  • Virtual Medical Coding Dermatology Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Remote HCC Risk Adjustment Evaluation and Management Coder
  • Telecommute Facility Outpatient Coder

View All Aviacode Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

10. SpeakWrite

SpeakWrite employer alert

SpeakWrite is a U.S.-based online transcription company that allows clients to submit audio recordings for transcription via phone, mobile app, computer, or email. SpeakWrite’s large variety of transcription services include legal, protective services, business, private investigation, insurance, law enforcement, financial, and Spanish transcription and translation. The company prides itself on a 99–100% accuracy rating possible from only hiring highly qualified and trained human transcriptionists.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from SpeakWrite:

  • Telecommute General Transcriptionist
  • Virtual Legal Transcriptionist
  • Remote Bilingual Spanish Transcriptionist

View All SpeakWrite Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

11. Study.com

A long-time Virtual Vocations Employer Partner and Top 25 Employer Partner for Remote Work in 2020, Study.com is an education company dedicated to making education accessible. The California-based company helps students master subjects, achieve educational goals, and improve their grades. Study.com’s system includes test prep, teacher resources, supplemental homeschooling curriculum, and online courses that facilitate student success through earned college credits they can transfer to a school of choice.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Study.com:

  • Telecommute Real Estate Lesson Writer
  • Remote Anatomy and Physiology Expert
  • Telecommute Economics Expert

View All Study.com Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

12. Instructional Connections, LLC

Instructional Connections, LLC is an academic instructional support provider. The company specializes in teaching assistant services from academic coaches who help universities and colleges that offer online courses. Instructional Connections’ instructional support areas include business, health sciences, education, criminal justice, nursing, sign language, art, Spanish, government, and more.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Instructional Connections:

  • Virtual Chemistry Academic Coach
  • Remote Finance Academic Coach
  • Telecommute Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Academic Coach

View All Instructional Connections Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

13. JustAnswer

JustAnswer is a question-and-answer web service that links website visitors with thousands of experts in a variety of fields including medical, automotive, legal, financial, home improvement, technical support, and veterinary. As of April 2020, JustAnswer had provided users with answers to more than 16 million questions.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from JustAnswer:

  • Remote Affiliate Sales Representative
  • Recruiter
  • Ad Copywriter

View All JustAnswer Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

14. Clevertech

Remote Jobs at Clevertech

Clevertech, a Top 25 Employer Partner for Remote Work in 2020, is a virtual company that has successfully enjoyed working remotely for more than a decade. The company offers a location- and schedule-flexible work environment, takes a results-oriented approach to work, and thrives via a strong international community of workers and supporters. Clevertech specializes in bespoke software solutions and applications for entrepreneurs across complex industries. At the time of publication, Clevertech had launched more than 140 products.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from Clevertech:

  • React Native Software Developer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Senior Python Developer

View All Clevertech Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

15. MaritzCX

Remote Job MaritzCX

MaritzCX, which offers real-time consumer data analysis, is a market research and customer experience (CX) software company. The company has a 95% client retention rate, according to its website, and offers like surveys and data collection, social CX, consulting, program management, mystery shopping, text analytics, CX strategy and design, and more. MaritzCX is a global brand with offices in five countries. U.S. employees receive benefits like generous paid time off, comprehensive health plans, paid holidays, and 401(k) matching.

Examples of Remote and Homebased Jobs from MaritzCX:

  • Market Research Interviewer
  • Research Proposal Manager
  • Sales Director

View All MaritzCX Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

10 New Employer Partners Added During Q1

Virtual Vocations - Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19 - Q1 Employer Partners Hiring for Remote Jobs Report

 

“It’s such an honor to work with our incredible Employer Partners. The importance of remote work cannot be overstated, especially now, and I love connecting talented jobseekers with opportunities offered by our amazing network of remote employers.”

—Erin Feldman, Remote Employer & Business Partnerships Specialist

 

The following Virtual Vocations Employer Partners became new program members during January, February, or March 2020.

1. Endgame360

2. The Retail Doctor

3. LingoDeer 

4. Ava Accessibility 

5. The Simple Folk

6. Microbe Formulas

7. Golden Proportions Marketing

8. Tempest Inc 

9. Boundless Immigration Inc.

10. Sage Personal Finance

 

Remote Jobs Statistics from Q1 Employer Partners

Virtual Vocations - Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19 - Q1 Employer Partners Hiring for Remote Jobs Report

 

The following statistics underscore the flexibility and stability remote jobseekers can achieve with home-based and virtual jobs as well as the value employers place on providing telework opportunities to their team members, especially during COVID-19.

  • 96.06% were posted by the hiring employers rather than through staffing agencies.
  • 88.76% were 100% telecommute jobs requiring no travel.
  • 68.33% were for remote jobseekers experienced in that role and/or career field.
  • 64.60% were remote jobs available nationwide.
  • 62.92% required a bachelor’s degree or some college study.
  • 61.23% were permanent positions.
  • 50.00% were full-time remote jobs.
  • 42.69% were from 100% virtual companies.
  • 38.76% were remote jobs with benefits.
  • 28.65% were day shift positions.
  • 28.08% were remote jobs with flexible weekly hours.

 

Top 10 States for Employer Partner Remote Job Postings

Among all Employer Partner remote job openings published to the Virtual Vocations job board during Q1, most job openings were for telecommuting jobseekers living in these 10 states.

Related: Remote Work States: 7 Locations That Incentivize Telecommuting

1. Texas

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Lonestar State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Sales
  3. Healthcare
  4. Account Management
  5. Customer Service

View All Texas Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

2. Florida

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Sunshine State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Healthcare
  3. Sales
  4. Customer Service
  5. Account Management

View All Florida Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

3. Georgia

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Peach State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Healthcare
  3. Sales
  4. Account Management
  5. Education

View All Georgia Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

4. Pennsylvania

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Keystone State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Sales
  3. Healthcare
  4. Education
  5. Account Management

View All Pennsylvania Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

5. Tennessee

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Volunteer State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Healthcare
  3. Sales
  4. Customer Service
  5. Education

View All Tennessee Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

6. Utah

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Beehive State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Sales
  3. Healthcare
  4. Customer Service
  5. Education

View All Utah Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

7. New Mexico

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Land of Enchantment”: 

  1. Healthcare
  2. Information Technology
  3. Human Services
  4. Education
  5. Sales

View All New Mexico Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

8. Missouri

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Show-Me State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Sales
  3. Healthcare
  4. Customer Service
  5. Education

View All Missouri Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

9. Idaho

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Gem State”: 

  1. Information Technology
  2. Healthcare
  3. Customer Service
  4. Education
  5. Sales

View All Idaho Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

10. Alabama

Top 5 Remote Work Industries in “The Yellowhammer State”: 

  • Information Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Education

View All Alabama Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

Are you working remotely from Alabama? We have guidance and remote job search tips for you in our Alabama Remote Work Resources profile.

 

Headquarters Locations Statistics from Q1 Employer Partners

Virtual Vocations - Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19 - Q1 Employer Partners Hiring for Remote Jobs Report

 

Our Employer Partners represent a diverse group of businesses and organizations that recruit talented professionals throughout the U.S. and around the world to join their teams. For Q1 of 2020, we took an in-depth look at the headquarters locations for all Employer Partners who shared remote job postings to the Virtual Vocations job board in January, February, or March. These statistics showcase the broad appeal of flexible and remote work arrangements.

  • 23.75% of Employer Partners are headquartered in California.
  • 11.25% of Employer Partners are headquartered in New York.
  • 10.00% of Employer Partners are international companies headquartered in Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Switzerland, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • 6.35% of Employer Partners are headquartered in Texas.
  • 5.00% of Employer Partners are headquartered in each of the following states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
  • 3.75% of Employer Partners are headquartered in each of the following states: Washington and Colorado.
  • 2.50% of Employer Partners are headquartered in each of the following states: District of Columbia, Connecticut, Virginia, Utah, Georgia, and North Carolina.
  • 1.25% of Employer Partners are headquartered in each of the following states and territories: Delaware, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri, Idaho, Maryland, and Puerto Rico.

 

Top 10 Categories for Employer Partner Remote Job Postings

Virtual Vocations posts remote jobs across forty-seven career fields. During Q1 of 2020, most telecommute jobs from Employer Partners were from these 10 job industries.

Related: 2019 Best Remote Work Industries—Top 20 List

1. Customer Service

Examples of Trending Remote Customer Service Jobs: 

  • Remote Customer Success Advisor
  • Virtual Technical Support Customer Service Representative
  • Telecommute Bilingual Spanish Customer Service Representative
  • Remote Call Center Supervisor

View All Customer Service Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

2. Real Estate

Examples of Trending Remote Real Estate Jobs: 

  • Remote Senior Real Estate Project Manager
  • Virtual Title and Closing Services Representative
  • Telecommute Real Estate Services Sales Head
  • Remote Residential Title Examiner

View All Real Estate Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

3. Marketing

Examples of Trending Remote Marketing Jobs: 

  • Telecommute Campaign Reporting Analyst
  • Remote Animated Ad Designer
  • Telecommute Growth Marketing Vice President
  • Remote Content Marketing Specialist

View All Marketing Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

4. Sales

Examples of Trending Remote Sales Jobs: 

  • Remote Online Media Outside Sales Agent
  • Telecommute Regional Sales Director
  • Remote Senior Sales Engineer
  • Telecommute Business Development Analyst

View All Sales Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

5. Information Technology

Examples of Trending Remote Information Technology Jobs: 

  • Virtual Senior Application Security Engineer
  • Remote Salesforce Developer
  • Telecommute Full Stack Web Developer
  • Remote IT Planning Analyst

View All Information Technology Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

6. Education

Examples of Trending Remote Education Jobs: 

  • Online Ages 3 and 4 Day Camp Counselor
  • Telecommute Elementary Teacher
  • Virtual School Psychologist
  • Remote Adjunct Faculty Member

View All Education Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

7. Administrative

Examples of Trending Remote Administrative Jobs: 

  • Virtual Assistant
  • Remote Regional Administrative Assistant
  • Telecommute Medical TeleScribe
  • Remote Patient Care Coordinator

View All Administrative Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

8. Business Operations

Examples of Trending Remote Business Operations Jobs: 

  • Remote Business Strategy and Operations Manager
  • Telecommute Licensing Coordinator
  • Remote Purchasing Specialist
  • Remote Business Office Manager

View All Business Operations Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

9. Management

Examples of Trending Remote Management Jobs: 

  • Telecommute Clinical Review Supervisor
  • Remote Chief Technology Officer
  • Virtual Accounting Services Manager
  • Remote Seasonal Operations Manager

View All Management Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

10. Project Management

Examples of Trending Remote Project Management Jobs: 

  • Remote Application Monitoring and Support Project Manager
  • Telecommute Web Development Project Manager
  • Telecommute Late Phase Services Clinical Project Manager
  • Remote Financial Project Manager

View All Project Management Remote Jobs on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

 

Contact Information for the Q1 Employer Partners Report on Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19

Inquires about the Virtual Vocations Q1 for 2020 Employer Partners Report on Businesses Still Hiring Amid COVID-19 can be made to Michelle Rawlings, Public Relations Specialist, at michelle (at) virtualvocations (dot) com or via phone at 1-800-379-5092 EXT. 703.

Please visit Virtual Vocations social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for additional remote work content and conversations.

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Kimberly Back is the Senior Job Data Content Producer at Virtual Vocations and has been a member of the Virtual Vocations team since 2012. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, content management, and graphic design. She is an honors graduate of Morehead State University and works remotely from Kentucky.