Stat of the day: 9.7%

The percentage of people who would like to work from home.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Having the option of working from home might be seen as a luxury for some, but according to a survey it only appeals to a small proportion of workers.

Just 9.7% of people would like to work from home, a report by office rental firm Regus suggests. The flexible working arrangement is often seen as ideal for those with families and child care commitments. Other benefits are avoiding jam-packed commuter trains, and the opportunity to perhaps take an extended lunch break. Then again, the unsociable aspect of working alone outweighs those benefits for many workers.

Nevertheless, there has been a rising trend in working away from the office: statistics from the Office for National Statistics show the number of people working from home rose by 21% during the noughties, now standing at almost 3.8m. So clearly someone likes it.     

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