Waking up at the crack of dawn is never an ideal situation. No one enjoys abandoning the comfort of their warm bed to the sound of their insistent alarm clock, kick-starting the day. It seems to be the case that no matter where you live, and whether your job is within walking distance or a train ride away, more and more Londoners are giving up the daily expense of travelling into London as part of their daily commute. Homeworkers are on the rise!
You may be asking yourself the same question everyday ‘why do I keep travelling into London for a job I can do at home?’
New research conducted has found one in seven, or 14.6% of London’s workforce has decided to ‘do it alone’ and work from home. This ‘do it alone’ concept is part of a growing trend. No more bumping into selfish passengers on the tube, standing at armpit height and confronting those who refuse to offer those in need of a seat.
In the past decade, Trades Union Congress (TUC) polls have shown that a rise in ‘stay at home workers’ is the highest in the UK and is continuing to dominate. However, to become part of this niche group of workers, you need a space that will compliment your working lifestyle and you need an office that is kitted out to provide everything you need. Whether you have an entire room at your disposal to renovate into an office, or you designate space from an existing room, there are countless ways to assemble your own work zone.
The number of people who have chosen to work from home has increased by more than 800,000 since 2005 and now sits at 4,218,699. Though employment has increased, homeworkers has increased from 12% of the workforce in 2005 to 13.7% in 2015. The TUC and the ONS Labour Force Survey estimate that 1.8million would love to join those who work from home. With numbers rising, London has seen the greatest growth in homeworkers and is disproportionately taken up by men, sitting at 62.8%. Men have always outnumbered women in self-employment as more than two-thirds of workers are men.
Though the trend is rising, homeworkers in the public sector is less common, with only 8% in health and 7.1% in education working from home. Private sectors seem to have a greater majority of those who work from home and those who do are generally associated with occupational seniority as one in five managers work from home, a staggering 20% of homeworkers.
A quote taken from the General Secretary Frances O’Grady of the TUC has said ‘These figures show millions of British workers have adopted homeworking and are enjoying a better work-life balance, while saving time and money on costly commuting that benefits no-one’.
With substantial developments in technology, working from home can be as quick and as easy as working from your head office.
Be inspired by the space in your home to create the perfect workspace you need. If you love the tranquillity of your own garden, consider building a garden office. You do not need planning permission for an office outside as long as it is not plumbed and in a conservation area. Building an office outside can provide you with a space to work separate from your home life. Paul Lintott, an associate director of estate agents John D Wood says: ‘A buyer could easily put up a home office in the garden, so they are unlikely to pay much more for a property with one already constructed’.
If you decide to work from home, take the time to construct your new office.
Whether you make it as snazzy or as cosy as you want, the power is in your hands!
Below are statistics taken from ONS Labour Force Survey, Jan-March quarter datasets.
Number and proportion of homeworkers by sex
Number and proportion of homeworkers by region and nation
|North East||93575 (8.4%)||126724 (10.8%)||+33149 (+2.4%)|
|North West||311004 (9.8%)||382923 (11.6%)||+71919 (+1.8%)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||243820 (10.3%)||312474 (12.6%)||+68654 (+2.3%)|
|East Midlands||262109 (12.6%)||293978 (13.4%)||+31869 (+0.8%)|
|West Midlands||277200 (11.1%)||320661 (12.3%)||+43461 (+2.2%)|
|Eastern||361859 (13.2%)||444384 (15.0%)||+82525 (+1.8%)|
|London||430152 (12.2%)||623991 (14.6%)||+193859 (+2.4%)|
|South East||602671 (14.8%)||719660 (16.9%)||+116989 (+2.1%)|
|South West||376881 (15.3%)||485858 (18.3%)||+108977 (+3.0%)|
|Wales||162510 (12.3%)||169339 (12.4%)||+6829 (+0.1%)|
|Scotland||211857 (8.7%)||264640 (10.1%)||+52783 (+1.4%)|
|Northern Ireland||84460 (11.4%)||74147 (9.0%)||-10313 (-2.6%)|
|UK||3418098 (12.0%)||4218699 (13.7%)||+810601 (+1.7%)|