In the news: Over Four Million Brits Are Now Working From Home

Working at Home is on the Rise

A study conducted by Trade Union Council (TUC) reveals that the total number of people who regularly work from home is now at 4,218,699, a dramatic surge of over 800,000 people since 2005.

The 13.7% of the country’s workforce accounts for people working from home - up from 12% from a decade ago.

Figures compiled by TUC from the 2013 Work-Life Balance Survey 2013 and the ONS Labour Force Survey estimates that a further 1.8 million people would like to work from home.

The highest percentage of homeworkers come from the Southeast  at 18.3 percent but the greatest growth is from London at 2.1% (+193,859).  The lowest proportion of homeworkers is at Northern Ireland at just  74,000, dropping by 10,000 in the past ten years.

The research also reveals that men disproportionately make up the home-working population by 62.8%, reflecting also the fact that the number of self-employed workers consists of male (68.1)

On the press release, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

These figures show millions of British workers have adopted homeworking and are enjoying a better work-life balance, while saving time and money on costly commuting that benefits no-one.

Although organisations that have embraced homeworking often say that it has improved retention and productivity, there are still too many employers who are afraid to let their staff try out this way of working. The TUC estimates that there could be as many as another 1.8 million people who would enjoy the benefits of working from home.

As the labour market tightens, National Work from Home Day is a useful reminder for employers to think about keeping their employees engaged by introducing more employee-friendly forms of flexibility for those who want to change how and where they perform their work.

If you are dreaming of working from home, it is good to note that occupational seniority plays a big role in your chances. One in five managers work from home while low skilled workers are about one in fifteen. (tuc.org.uk)

For more figures and data on homeworking in the UK, check out our infographic:

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