Homeworking boom in region

Balance: Lynn Collins

Balance: Lynn Collins

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One in nine workers in the North West now work from home as its popularity grows, according to new analysis published by the TUC today.

Since 2005 working from home has increased by nearly 72,000, taking the North West total to a massive 383,000.

This has allowed them to enjoy a better work-life balance and save time and money on costly commutes

The findings come on the 10th anniversary of National Work from Home Day, which is organised by Work Wise UK and the TUC.

The TUC says that homeworking has grown from 9.8 per cent of the region’s workforce a decade ago to 11.6 per cent in 2015.

The TUC estimates that a further 146,000 workers in Yorkshire and the Humber would like to work from home but are currently unable to do so.

According to the TUC analysis popular industries for homeworking in the UK are information and communications (17.7 per cent), the scientific and technical sector (16.0 per cent) and real estate (14.4 per cent).

North West TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said: “These figures show how hundreds of thousands of people in the region have embraced homeworking.

“This has allowed them to enjoy a better work-life balance and save time and money on costly commutes.

“Employers who offer the option of homeworking often say that it improves staff retention and productivity.

“However, we need more bosses to follow suit. “

Ms Collins added: “The TUC estimates that there could be as many as another 200,000 people in the North West who would like to work from home.

“National Work from Home Day is a useful reminder for employers of the importance of flexible working and how it can improve engagement and performance at work.”