Stat of the day: 3.7m

The number of people in the UK who work from home.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Some managers may still struggle with the concept of allowing staff to work from home, but these days it’s standard practice for more than 1 in 10 employees, according to the TUC.  It suggests that in 2010, the total number of homeworkers stood at 3.7m. That’s a rise of 227,000 people since 2005.

Nevertheless, last year saw a small fall in the proportion of people working from home, from 12.9% to 12.8% of the workforce. The TUC says that although homeworking can save on office and transport costs, and help staff manage workload more effectively, employees are still reluctant to ask because of the general concern over high unemployment and job insecurity.

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