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Getting the job done working from home

Published 23 May 2016

A growing number of employees are enjoying home comforts while carrying out their work. In the last decade the number of people working from home has grown by nearly a fifth (19 per cent). A study by TUC found that 1.52 million employees classed themselves as working from home in 2015, up 241,000 on 2005 figures.

The benefits of working from home include reduced commuting costs; it allows employees to cope with caring and childcare responsibilities and can help with a better work-life balance.

The research revealed men make up the majority of those working from home with 910,000 regularly doing so. The biggest growth in homeworking is among women with157, 000 more working from home in 2015 than in 2005.

The industries with the highest shares of home-workers are IT, agriculture and construction.

Homeworking can be used in conjunction with other arrangements such as flexible hours, working part-time, term-time working or the employer's core hours.

There may be a growing trend for employees working from home, but for employers the main consideration has to be is the job suitable for them to do so.

Homeworking may not be appropriate for everyone, and in order for it to work effectively the employer should be confident that the individual can work with little supervision.

The worker should also be able to spend long periods on their own, be self-disciplined and self-motivated and able to separate work from home life.

For the arrangement to work effectively there should be a good, trusting working relationship between the manager and member of staff. Arrangements should also be made and agreed as to how the work performance will be supervised and measured.

It is important to remember that employers have a duty of care for all their employees, and the requirements of the health and safety legislation apply to homeworkers.


TUC press release: Home-working up by a fifth over the last decade, TUC analysis reveals

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