Friday, June 05, 2015

Surge in homeworking numbers

Around 800,000 people have become shedworkers and homeworkers over the past 10 years according to new research to mark National Work from Home Day. More than four million Britons have now abandoned the traditional workplace in favour of working from home.

The analysis of Government figures by the TUC, to mark NWHD shows that the total number regularly working from home is now 4.2 million, up from 3.4m in 2005 while the proportion of people working from home is13.7 per cent of the workforce. Northern Ireland has the lowest proportion of home workers at nine per cent, while South West England has the highest at 18.3. More than 60 per cent of homeworkers are male.

"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,” said TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK who promote NWHD, added: “Thanks to modern technology, introducing efficient flexible working processes can be done both quickly and easily, but trust in transition remains a major issue."

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