Saturday, May 07, 2011

Massive increase in shedworking/homeworking revealed

Friend of Shedworking Tim Dwelly from the Live Work Network has released some remarkable figures in the Live Work Business Briefing 2011 about working from home, reported in the FT: it suggests that the number of selfemployed people working at home is rising five times faster than the rate of employment overall. Or to put it another way, 2,346,365 Britons now run a business from their garden office or home, (that''s roughly one in 12 of the national workforce). Here's a snippet:
“Seven in 10 homeworkers run their own businesses,” says Tim Dwelly, director of the Live Work Network. “They don’t see pension benefits at work, don’t get a share of company profits, so they decide to keep the value of their intellectual property to themselves. And there is an aversion to commuting.” Technological developments like broadband, combined with lower costs and eco-friendliness, are added attractions, he says.
The article is well worth a browse and includes more detailed figures and breakdowns.
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