Remote work expanding as UK celebrates National Work From Home Day

Remote Worker pleased to see more jobseekers, employees and businesses taking advantage of the many benefits of working from home 

LONDON, ENGLAND — Remote work is undeniably expanding across the UK, as evidenced by the findings of a Trade Union Congress (TUC) survey.

However, organisations were urged to not let workers’ protection fall by the wayside, and to be mindful of employees who are unable to work from home.

This comes as the UK celebrated National Work From Home Day last Friday. The day was created by WorkWise with an aim to “promote modern, ‘smarter’ working practices such as hybrid, flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home”.


Benefits abound for remote work 

Remote Worker CEO Joseph Boll.

Joseph Boll, CEO of Remote Worker, noted, “The findings aren’t surprising given how effective we’ve seen remote working to be.

“Companies the world are waking up to the advantages of remote and other forms of flexible work.

“All workers, and especially mothers and workers with disabilities, benefit from better work-life balance by being allowed to work from home — or from anywhere.

“Businesses are reporting increased productivity amongst remote working staff.

“There are a ton of benefits to be had from this model, and we at Remote Worker are glad to see more and more jobseekers, employees and employers taking advantage of it.”


Increasing percentage of UK employees working from home 

According to the TUC’s data, the percentage of employees working from home has jumped from nearly seven per cent ahead of the pandemic to more than 22 as of the last quarter of 2021.

Regular homeworking by UK employees has more than tripled since the start of the pandemic, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

“Regular homeworking by UK workers has tripled since before the pandemic, rising from 6.8 per cent in 2019, and 12.1 per cent in 2020, to 22.4 per cent in 2021,” it noted.

However, the organisation said while such figures “suggest a significant permanent increase in homeworking is occurring”, the exact degree to which this is the case remains uncertain.

As the TUC pointed out, studies have shown a greater percentage of high-earning workers were more likely to be allowed to work remotely than low-earning workers.

Additionally, some employees have had requests for flexible work outright denied or faced hostility as a result of working from home.

This despite TUC data showing 91 per cent of home workers stating they want to continue working remotely at least partially, and 24 per cent of businesses indicating they intend to keep at least some option of flexible work as a permanent option for employees.

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