Remote work hiring continues to rise: Report

High-performing companies looking for 'best talent possible,' says expert

Remote work hiring continues to rise: Report

While numerous employers have been very vocal about their desire to bring workers back into the office, remote work continues to rise, according to a recent report.

Overall, the number of Canadian organizations hiring Canadian workers grew by 64 per cent in 2023, according to a Deel report.

But the number of Canadian organizations hiring American workers increased 46 per cent last year.

“How we define global [remote] work is usually cross-border work, and it must be a remote component. So this includes digital nomads. But it also includes people working, for example, in Calgary for a company based in Toronto,” says Samuel Dahan, chair of Deel Labs, in talking with Canadian HR Reporter.

“It's still growing very fast.”

Deel itself has continued to hire remote workers, says Dahan.

“The theory or the prediction that there's a return to office policy so people are not going to be working remotely… It seems that it never really materialized.”

Remote workers are getting paid

The U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia are the top countries hiring remote workers, according to Deel’s report, which aggregates data from its over 300,000 contracts and over 20,000 customers across more than 160 countries, as well as over 500,000 data points from third-party sources.

Companies in these countries are hiring remote workers from these countries and for these positions:

Country residence of companies hiring remote workers

Origin of remote workers they are hiring

Most popular job groups hired


  1. Nepal
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Jamaica

Software engineer,

sales, content


  1. U.K.
  2. Colombia
  3. Philippines

teaching, consulting, 

customer support


  1. Canada
  2. U.S.
  3. Pakistan

marketing, AI, finance


  1. Germany
  2. Morocco
  3. Suriname

accountant, data, operations


  1. Australia
  2. U.K.
  3. Vietnam

finance, recruiting, customer support

Also, job seekers from outside Canada have shown far greater interest in coming to work in the country, according to a previous Indeed report.

How do you find great remote talent?

The year 2024 brings “an opportunity and a challenge at the same time,” for companies that are hesitant to hire fully remote workers, says Dahan.

“That’s because many companies aren't ready to hire workers that are fully remote. But at the same time, it's also an opportunity for companies to find top talent.”

And with the available talent in the market today, it would be best for employers to take their time to find those who fit their hiring needs the best, he says.

“We're not in 2020 where there is [a] shortage of workers. Right now, there is no shortage of labour…

“The companies that are high performers, even if they have a lot of [talent] available [nearby]... they were really looking elsewhere. They're not worried, they're not concerned. [They just say:] ‘Let's be aggressive, let's find the best talent possible’. 

“Instead of convenience, they choose quality. And when they find someone great, they go ahead [and hire them].”

After all, many employees have repeatedly expressed their dislike of being forced to go back into the office.

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