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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
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  • 23rd August 2011

Recession makes office workers reluctant to work from home

A decrease in the number of people working from home due to the recent recession has led to a potential need for businesses to rent more in order to house these extra workers.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has conducted research in conjunction with National Work From Home Day, the official figures of which show that between 2005-2010, an extra 227, 000 people said they mainly worked from home which makes the total number of home workers 3.7 million by the end of last year.

However, the TUC noted a decrease in home workers last year as the figures went from 12.9%-12.8% of the workforce and indicating an increase of a mere 10,000 people working from home.

The general secretary of the TUC says that “Working from home can slash business costs, cut expensive and time-wasting commutes and help staff manage their workload more effectively”.

However, there is speculation from the TUC that this decrease in working from home is down to unemployment and a fear amongst office workers that requesting to work from home may lead to their dismissal.

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