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Telecommuting and Work at Home Jobs on the Rise

October 17, 2008

FlexJobs, an online job service for telecommuting and work at home job listings, said that there has been an increase in the number of telecommuting and work at home job listings and as a result, the company has had to increase its efforts to offer suitable employees from its hand-screened list of job seekers.

FlexJobs, having more than 200 job listings every week, said that job segments like freelancing and part-time working are most in demand. Work from home part-time and freelance jobs enable people to benefit in spite of job losses and cutback hours.

The job Web site helps subscribers search for suitable telecommuting jobs by offering hand-screened, ad-free job listings. This saves a lot of time for job-seekers and exposes them to the best match for their requirement.

According to Labor Department reports, the U.S. economy has lost 760,000 jobs this year. September alone saw nearly 159,000 job losses.
 
There was, however, an increase in the part time jobs category by 337,000 jobs during the same period as the full-time jobs were not available.
 
The number of people, who benefited in this category of part-time, freelance, and contract or consulting jobs was more than 1.5 million in September which was an increase from 400,000 last year.
 
Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs said, “While the tough economic climate has resulted in layoffs - freelance, contract, consulting, and part-time jobs are on the rise. Employers use these positions to bridge gaps in their teams because hiring on-site full-time employees is more than they can afford. Many of the jobs people find through FlexJobs help their families make ends meet as supplementary income or while they look for full-time jobs.”

Job-seekers can look forward to several advantages when working from home or telecommuting. The chief advantage lies in the fact that no time is lost in traveling to the work spot. Besides this, it also saves money spent on gas and public transportation and work hours are flexible.
 
Part-time or telecommuting jobs help people gain insight into virtual work environments through the use of digital tools and resources which enable remote work stations and collaboration.
 

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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