Major Increase in Home Workers During Past Decade

New analysis figures released by TUC have revealed a major increase in the amount of home workers in the last decade.

Their study determines that there are nearly 374,000 more employees that are now working from home compared to 10 years ago, signaling a percentage increase of 27.7%.

TUC’s report also provides focus to traditional workers who wish to work from home, providing an estimation that around 4 million workers in the UK would like to be given the option to complete tasks outside the office a few times a week.

Breaking Down the Analysis

Breaking down aspects of their analysis with the demographics of those who took part in the research study, TUC were able to determine that:

• There are almost twice as many men as women who class themselves as home workers.
36% of women are now working from home compared to a decade ago.
People who own their own property are 73% more likely to become home workers than those who rent properties.
11.9% of those in management roles are home workers.
7.4% of those in the 40-59 age bracket have become home workers compared to only 3.4% of those in the 20-29 age bracket.
• There are approximately 230,000 disabled people who work from home
• The region that has the highest proportion of home workers in the country is the South West (1 in 2 workers are operating from their home).
Northern Ireland contains the lowest amount of home workers (just 1 in 32).

Home Workers Are In a ‘Win-Win-Win’ Situation

General Secretary at TUC, Frances O’Grady, gives his thoughts on the new analysis figures that were released on the increase of home workers in the last decade, commenting:

“In many cases, homeworking is a win-win-win.

Workers get more time with their families, employers can boost productivity and hang on to experienced staff, and the environment benefits as well.

Unions can help negotiate home working policies that work positively for both employers and staff.

And government should be investing in broadband infrastructure so that every worker can get a high-speed connection at home”

New ‘Cultural Shift’ Required for Home Working

Chief Executive of Work Wise UK, Phil Flaxton, says the new analysis is encouraging but more needs to be done by employers to fully accept the new shift to home working, further explaining:

“Whilst it is encouraging to see a significant increase in the number of employees working from home there still needs to be a cultural shift for it to be accepted more widely.

More employers need to realise the tangible benefits of changing outdated working practices to reflect the connected world in which we live.

These include, increased productivity, staff retention, less absenteeism and employee burnout”

Flaxton then summaries:

“The business case is sound, and it really can be a win-win for all concerned”

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