Four million people in Britain are now working from home

'Modern home-working is good for the economy as it increases productivity,' says TUC general secretary

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The Independent Online

As many as four million people in Britain now work from home, an increase of 62,000 over the past year.

Faster and more widely available internet access is a contributing factor, says the TUC, following its analysis of data from the Office of National Statistics, with the number of regular home-workers rising by more than half a million since 2007.

More than half of home-workers are managers and professionals, while those least likely to work from home are in administrative and secretarial occupations.

The biggest boom in home-working has taken place in the South-east where the figure has risen by 132,000 in the past seven years. But the South-west still has the greatest number of people working from home, with as many as one in six regularly doing so.

Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Modern home-working is good for the economy as it increases productivity.”