Monday, September 08, 2008

CBI reports trend towards homeworking

According to the CBI in a report released today, the number of people working from home (they call it 'teleworking' - does anybody in the UK ever use this term?) from home has risen dramatically over the past few years as employers offer more work flexibility than ever before. They say almost half of all employers (46%) said they now offered teleworking to staff, a dramatic increase from 14% two years ago and 11% in 2004. John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:
"The boundaries of the traditional 9 to 5 in the office or on the shop floor are becoming more and more blurred. Employers are embracing the benefits of flexible working, even as the economy heads into more uncertain times.

"Using teleworking to take work out of the workplace has become very popular, and is also a useful way to avoid a laborious commute, balance family commitments, and even reduce carbon emissions. As technology becomes more reliable and widely available, this trend can only grow."
Tim Watts, Chairman of recruitment specialists Pertemps who co-authored the report, claimed that for the last three decades flexible working has been the principle backbone of the UK's productivity.


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