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WorkFromHomeThe number of UK employees working from home has grown by 800,601 since 2005, taking the total to 4.2 million, according to TUC labour market analysis. But this figure could soar to 6 million if more employers embraced this flexible method of working.

According to this research, the number of UK employees working from home has grown by 800,601 since 2005, taking the total to 4.2 million, according to TUC labour market analysis. But this figure could soar to 6 million if more employers embraced this flexible method of working, the research suggests.

Figures show that employment has increased during the past decade, but this rise has been outstripped by the growth in people who now regularly work from home. This has increased from 12 per cent of the workforce in 2005 to 13.7 per cent in 2015, according to the TUC’s analysis, based on unpublished figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey.

Further TUC analysis, using data from the government’s official Work-Life Balance Survey 2013 as well as the ONS LFS, estimated that there are 1.8 million more people who would like to work from home, who currently don’t.

Results showed that the South East has the most homeworkers but London has seen the greatest rise with 193,859 more employees working at home in the past decade, while the South West region has the highest proportion of homeworkers at 18.3 per cent.

However, some areas have seen a reverse trend, with 10,000 less people in Northern Ireland (down to 74,000) and only negligible growth in Wales over the past decade.