What Proof Is There To Suggest That More People Are Looking To Work From Home And, If So, Is Such A Trend Likely To Be Maintained?

March 31st, 2010

Scarcely a month passes by without fresh data being circulated by the Government, trade bodies or market research companies. The personnel sector is particularly active in this respect and every facet of the world of work is constantly and assessed. One of the most debated themes in the field is the increasing inclination for people to Work From Home. There is no question the United Kingdom’s workforce has become less rigid in the last few decades. Lots of older people will be able to recollect the years when the strength of the trade unions protected the “one man, one job” scenario. This caused extreme inefficiency in working practices and prevented British industry from being competitive in world markets. A typical example of this was the car manufacturing industry with the now defunct British Leyland company being recognised more for the instances of its employees being on strike than the appeal of its vehicles. The best advertisement for the success of the amendments in that industry’s employee relations is that Japanese manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan and Toyota have all opened factories in England.

A newly-acquired flexibility in the British labour force has produced employees who are capable in a variety of areas and has spawned the word “multi-tasking”. Once this flexibility had been embraced by one business in a particular industry and the positives had become visible in lower costs and improved profits, then other companies were forced follow just to remain competitive. While this change had been taking place almost everywhere within the workplace another less well known one was starting to gain momentum. This was the concept of permitting employees to Work From Home. The rapid advances in satellite technology were prompting increasing numbers of people to enquire whether their jobs, which were at that time described as office jobs, white collar jobs or some other such term, could now be described as Online Jobs.

The World Wide Web has brought about the formation of thousands of new start-up companies, many of which use modern technology to the full and label themselves as an Internet Business. As a lot of these new ventures were not inhibited by traditional working systems they were quite relaxed about allowing workers to Work From Home. Obviously there are some occupations which will never become Online Jobs due to the kind of work involved but as newer technology is utilised on an almost weekly basis this increases the chances that even more workers will be able to work at home.

While an Internet Business may be comfortable with the idea of Online Jobs, what has been the reaction of the more traditional ones? This is where statistics can help to provide the answer. An Omnibus Survey from July 2008 showed that three percent of ALL employees always worked from home. National Travel surveys had come up with the same for every single year from 2002 to 2008 but their figures were based on employed workers only, not those who were self-employed. Where the figures do show a trend is for those workers who only Work From Home on occasions, not permanently. In 2007 five percent ofworkers worked at home once a week but this increased to seven percent in 2008. Similarly, the figure for working at home once a month rose from 4 percent in 2007 to five percent in 2008. The figures suggest that the established, traditional business is starting to follow the lead of the Internet Business in permitting some of its staff to Work From Home.

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