Who’s the most likely in the UK to work from home? New insights!

New study sheds light on which demographics have the most remote work across the United Kingdom

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A young man from Manchester who works in HR may be among the most likely to have a remote job in the United Kingdom. (Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels)

A young man who lives in Manchester and works in Human Resources or who is a business owner may be the most likely person to work from home in the UK. 

According to new insights from Legal & General, a leading financial services provider, suggests that these are the varying demographics with the highest rates of remote work.

This data helps to shed light on who may have the most privilege when working from home, and where potential job seekers looking for fully remote opportunities may have the most likely success.

Although, Legal & General confirmed that hybrid work just may be the predominant model in the UK, with around 75% of respondents confirming that they work from home at least some of the time.


The biggest demographics for remote work in the UK

Legal & General’s data found that the following categories of workers are most and least likely to work remotely. 

Who’s more likely to work from home?

  • Men
  • Young workers
  • Business owners
  • People who work in: HR, Accounting/Financial Services, Information Technology, Arts & Culture or Business Management
  • People who live in: Manchester, Southampton, Edinburgh, London or Birmingham

Who’s more likely to work in the office?

  • Women
  • Older workers
  • Entry-level workers
  • People who work in: Education, Healthcare, or Retail.
  • People who live in: Norwich, Liverpool, Cardiff, Brighton, or Newcastle. 

In the UK, men work from home an average of 2.32 days per week, as compared to the 2.16 days average for women.

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Women work from home fewer days than men in the UK on average. (Photo by Elina Fairytale on Pexels)

Around 85% of people aged 18-24 work from home at least some of the time, compared to just over 60% of people aged over 55.

Business owners work from home an average of 3.16 days per week, while entry-level workers only work from home around 1.66 days per week.

Many workers in the UK work from home at least two days per week. However, those who live in Manchester work from home an average of 2.53 days, topping out the list of locations where people work remotely the most.

Rounding out the top 5 locations with the most remote workers were Southampton (2.51 days average), Edinburgh (2.49 days avg), London (2.39 days avg) and Birmingham (2.35 days avg).

In comparison, people who live in Norwich reported working from home an average of just 1.7 days per week. Those who live in Newcastle, Brighton, Cardiff and Liverpool similarly all report working from home fewer than 2 days per week on average.

In the top fields for remote work, more than 80% of businesses allow staff to work from home. This includes HR (92%), Accounting/Financial Services (90%), IT (90%), Arts & Culture (88%), Marketing/Advertising/PR (85%) and Legal (81%).

The jobs that saw the lowest figures of remote work included Education (61%), Healthcare (62%), Retail (63%) and Other (64%).

Find the latest remote jobs in the UK via RemoteWorker.co.uk.

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