3.5 Million Teleworkers in Australia Thursday 29 September 2016 @ 11:23
Out of 11.6 million employed people in Australia, 3.5 million are teleworkers according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
| The results from the Characteristics of Employment survey conducted in 2015, found that 2.06 of the 3.5 million teleworkers are employees, while the remaining 1.44 million were managers and business owners.
According to the director of Labour Market Analytics, Jennifer Humphrys, those surveyed gave two main reasons for working from home.
“42 per cent of those who regularly work from home cited catching up on work as the main reason.
“A further 20 per cent regularly worked from home because they wanted an office or didn’t want to pay rent or overheads.”
These results highlight the growing trend of Australian employees using technology to work remotely. Faster broadband connectivity and improved phone services help employees telecommute to work instead of physically travelling to an office every day. According to the ABS telecommuting has increased over the last 15 years from 8% in 2001 to 30% last year.
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