The number of people working from home in the UK has increased by 13 per cent in the last 5 years according to a new TUC analysis of official figures assembled to mark National Work From Home Day, organised by WorkWise UK.
The TUC analysis of unpublished data from the Labour Force Survey reveals that just over 4 million employees usually worked at home in 2012, a rise of 470,000 since 2007, with many millions more occasionally work from home. Geographically the South East, Scotland and Wales have seen the sharpest rise in homeworking over the last 5 years.
The report went onto state that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of people who work from home are male with an increasing number of women making this choice. The research also showed that the majority of homeworking jobs created in the last 5 years have gone to women.
Further recent research from the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) involving 55 UK companies found over 60 per cent believe a quarter of their staff will be making the most of mobile working practices in the next half a decade. Looking globally the International Data Forecast (IDF) predicts that by 2015, there will be 1.5 billion people across the world undertaking mobile working.
The Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer famously banned working from home earlier this year as she believes that the best ideas happen when workers are face to face and have the ability to collaborate with each other. But it turns out that remote workers are more engaged according to Scott Edinger from Edinger Consulting Group.
So what does all this mean for us?
The problem that many will face when considering working from home is a reliable broadband connection and having the space to accommodate all the paraphernalia that goes with the 9 to 5.
Twitter enthusiasts will have regularly seen #wfh (working from home) where tweeters are happily munching on cupcakes, cuddling the cat and enjoying their favourite station on the digital radio without interference from traditional ‘colleagues’.
But the cold reality of home working comes down to comfort, space and the ability to shut the door and return to ‘home life’ at the end of your working day. If your house is to become for work and for pleasure then it needs to be able to accommodate both without one part infringing on the other.
With the rise in popularity of working from home, house builders, retailers and interior designers have become incredibly inventive about creating work space in the home.
Many retailers are able to provide dinky desk arrangements to fit in the corners of a spare room, in alcoves and under bunk beds. Some families have installed multiple desk suites in a room, creating space for Mum, Dad and the kids to all work/study together.
Luxury developer, Millgate, create homes that already incorporate modern day working areas.
Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director explains,
“It is an essential today for most of our clients to have a spacious area to work from home; many are international business men/women who often work remotely at all hours of the day. We endeavour to always include a room designed for this purpose with numerous electrical sockets and communication ports, a pleasing view and away from the noisy hub of the house. Some of our homes afford rooms over the garages and these make excellent home offices; within these we create a large ‘living’ area, a bathroom and fully fitted kitchen enabling independence from the main house during the work day.”
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