Further to our last article on this subject, Furniture Choice has just released a report into the main reasons for working from home.
The Latest Statistics
- The number of people who are now working from home was largely unchanged from the year before, although during the year prior to that, the number increased by 152,000.
- 1.6 million people now work from home, of which 59% are men and 41% women. This represents 6.1% of the workforce (1 in 16 workers), up from 1 in 20 in 2005.
- The largest concentration of those working from home is in the South West of England (9%), whilst Northern Ireland has lowest concentration (2%)
- In terms of sectors of the economy, those with the largest concentration of home workers are agriculture (23%) and IT (18%), whilst the sector with the lowest concentration is accommodation and food services (1%)
- The level of home working increases with age, with 16-19 year olds the least likely to work from home (2%), and the over 60’s the most likely (11%)
- Managers are the most likely to work from home (12%)
- The Office for National Statistics (ONS) projects that 50% of workers will engage in some form of remote working from home by 2020
Main Reasons For Working From Home
According to the report by Furniture Choice, the main reasons for working from home are as follows:-
- Convenience & flexibility (52%)
- No commute (44%)
- Greater comfort (43%)
- Able to choose own start and finish times (37%)
- To spend more time with family (22%)
Other significant reasons identified by the survey include not having to abide by a dress code (21%), and better facilities (15%).
Phil Flaxton, the Chief Executive of Work Wise UK, states: “During the past decade there has been a substantial increase in 21st century Employers who have embraced modern, smarter working practices, such as homeworking, to the benefit of their organisation and its Employees. However, it is clear that even more Employers need to follow their example by introducing new ways of working that reflect the changing world of work. Organisations that do not embrace these modern working practices and discuss with Employees how and where they work, may find it detrimental to productivity and staff retention levels. For an increasing number of the UK’s working population the world of work has changed and is no longer confined to commuting to a place of work five days a week.”