There was a time when you hadn’t the remotest chance of getting a great job and working from home.
Now some of the best career opportunities around are offered on the understanding that many of us do our best work outside of the office.
For employers, it widens the talent pool. For employees, it means geography is no barrier to their next great career move.
It’s why, far from being a temporary response to the pandemic, working from home has become the new norm. Indeed, in fast-growing sectors such as fintech, a ‘remote first’ approach is on the rise.
Data Don’t Lie
According to Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index, employees everywhere are voting with their feet, opting for jobs that don’t tie them to the office.
For Gen Zs and Millennials, “there’s no going back”, say its authors.
Hybrid working – a mix of home and office-based work – is up seven points, to 38%. But future trends look even steeper, with 53% likely to consider transitioning to hybrid in the year ahead.
Remote working is on the rise too, part of a shifting dynamic in which “perks like free food and a corner office” no longer cut it, say authors.
Indeed, 51% of hybrid workers will consider a switch to remote working.
This goes right to the top, with 47% of leaders likely to consider applying for jobs that are not near their home in the next year.
Some 52% of Gen Zs say they are moving to a new location because they are able to work remotely.
With digital immersive spaces likely to move mainstream – and more than half (51%) of Gen Zs envision themselves doing some work in the metaverse within two years – the rise of remote looks unstoppable.
Looking for great remote opportunities in fintech? Check out thousands of open roles on our Job Board.
Keep It Crypto At Coinbase
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase was set up in 2012 with the then-radical idea that anyone, anywhere, should be able to easily and securely, send and receive Bitcoin.
Today the company has 89 million users and enables the exchange of more than 100 cryptocurrencies, from Ethereum and Dogecoin to NFTs.
It has openings across the organisation - and around the world – including customer experience, business operations, design, human resources and sales, as well as a full range of engineering roles, many open to remote working.
It’s on a serious growth path and plans to add 2,000 employees this year.
In return, it offers “competitive, transparent compensation; unique benefits such as multiple company-wide recharge weeks; and a remote-first environment where you’ll work on a championship team with some of the most talented people in our industry.”
Stuff Of Legends At Kraken
Like the legendary sea monster it’s named for, Kraken is a big beast - and growing. The company was founded in 2011 and today is one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges. It’s also one of the largest remote-first companies in the world.
Some 90% of Krakenites work remotely. “We believe people do their best work wherever they’re happiest,” says management.
Being results rather than time focused frees its team up to work when and how they want, and it has remote jobs in everything from account management to security.
It’s also on a growth spurt, with plans to double its headcount to over 5,000.
Stripe offers Perfect Payments
Payment platform Stripe has been broadening the positions for which it hires remotely, including product managers and designers, legal and marketing personnel.
“We expect the number of remote-eligible roles will continue to grow,” it says.
Its recent survey of staff found that, compared to non-remote employees, “remote Stripes are more likely to have a sense of connection to their team, balance their workload and life demands, and stay longer at Stripe,” says the company, which has around 600 remote roles open.
Klarna Is The Swedish blend
Swedish fintech Klarna, the company that lets us pay for our purchases ‘in 3’, takes a very Scandinavian approach to benefits - whether it’s support for parents, health or wellness perks.
Its multicultural workforce is divided into small, autonomous teams, so you also get a blend of big business support and entrepreneurial purpose. It’s also experiencing serious growth, so it is a good time to get on board.
The emphasis here is on hybrid working, with management encouraging teams to come back into the office for one day or two days a week. As a ‘Klarnaut’ you also get a nifty annual financial contribution to improve your flexible work life, which you can use to upgrade your work accessories or make your home office even snazzier.
Sandra O'Connell is a freelance business journalist based in Ireland.
Lead image: Dan Taylor