The number of people working from home in the UK on a regular basis is at its highest-ever level at 4.2 million.

According to the latest information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 14% of Britain’s workforce is comprised of those who work from home. This is up from 11% in 1998, when the ONS began keeping such records.

In the past decade, the combination of long, expensive commutes and rapid technological advances has made working from home an attractive option for many people.  

The statistics also indicate that those working from home tend to hold highly-skilled jobs, with 15% working as senior officials or managers. The figures also reveal that 35% of home workers hold professional or associate professional posts and almost 24% work in skilled trades; in fact, many of the UK’s most highly-skilled workers are now working from home.

“The key factors behind the increase are digital technologies, which allow people to work at home or to use home as a base; the rise of self-employment, with people establishing offices at home; and an ageing population, with more older people seeking to avoid the daily commute and the stresses of office life,” explained John Philpott, director of The Jobs Economist.

Self-employed individuals are also among the ranks of those who are most likely to work from home.


Mr Philpott added that while working from home will inevitably become even more common as a result of the UK’s flexible employment landscape, working in factories, offices and on service front lines will continue to be the norm for the majority of people.