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Remote Work Success Guide Methodology

Our remote work success guide is built on hours of careful research from trusted sources. Take a look under the hood to understand the statistics behind our findings.

The statistics provided in the Remote Work Success Guide are the result of several years of research, collected by key companies that specialize in recruitment, distributed teams, and the general employment market.


Survey created by Dropbox, administered by Brandata:

Brandata’s brand measurement and growth solutions turn fast-moving companies into market leaders. The Brandata team helps companies gain deep understanding into their brand’s performance and customers with an array of customizable brand measurement studies.  Working with Brandata, companies are able to leverage powerful solutions for customer acquisition, retention, and brand growth.

Survey targeting and collection details:

  • 4,000 total respondents from a US population of 331,000,000 (mid-2020 estimate)
  • 2,000 respondents per Study A (Management) and Study B (Employees)
  • U.S. smartphone users ages 18+
  • Respondents recruited via Pollfish market research platform
  • Responses gathered between the following dates: 
  • Study A: October 2, 2020 - October 3, 2020
  • Study B: October 2, 2020 - October 3, 2020
  • Confidence Interval: 90%
  • Margin of Error: 2%

Total Jobs

As the United Kingdom's largest hiring platform Totaljobs was able to pull historical data from their database to compare it year over year as  well as pre and post COVID to see how the job market has changed.  Totaljobs was able to provide meaningful insight relating to the number of job adverts posted per month, in which industries, under what job titles and  the number of job applicants.

Remoters is a remote work hub offering a free remote job board.  As such, was able to pull data from 2019 and 2020 to compare the differences between these years as well as pre and post COVID in remote work hiring including: location preference, industry, salary, number of remote job postings, part time vs full time remote positions and more. 


These insights are based on candidate application data provided by Appcast, the leading provider of programmatic recruitment advertising technology. Since 2014, Appcast has powered 610 million job postings, generated 7.4 billion ad clicks, and managed $600 million of ad spend. 

To gather this specific dataset, Appcast analyzed jobs posted from January 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. Appcast limited the data to job titles for part-time and work from positions as well as jobs that fall under the classification of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. Titles were normalized prior to classification. Any location-based data is inclusive of a standard commutable metro region.  Any metric outside of job count only considered clicks that have been paid.

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