It’s National Work From Home Day today
It has been Work Wise Week this week organised by the not-for-profit Work Wise UK which encourages smarter working practices. One of its most popular awareness raising schemes is National Work From Home Day (and I suspect that many of you reading this blog post will be doing so from your home office).
The number of people working from home has increased by 13 per cent in the last five years, according to a new TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey figures released today by WorkWise UK. It shows that just over four million employees usually worked at home in 2012, up 470,000 since 2007 with the South East, Scotland and Wales experiencing the biggest increases. While nearly two thirds of homeworkers are male, there has been a substantial rise in female homeworkers in the last five years, mostly in part time jobs.
“The recession may have fuelled rising unemployment and put pressure on flexible working practices, but homeworking has continued to thrive and grow,” said TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady. “The sheer scale of homeworking proves how easily it can be done but there are still too many employers who are reluctant to allow staff to work away from the office or the shop floor. Of course there are challenges with homeworking. It requires employers to trust staff and people can feel isolated if the relationship is not managed properly. But these issues are easily dealt with through smart employment relations, which unions can help with.
“With government figures showing a further 4.5 million people would like to work from home more often there is still much more that employers can do to meet this unmet demand for more flexible working.”
Work from home in a folly
While most people work from home in a garden office, back bedroom or on the dining room table, you could also go for something more spectacular. Jubilee Tower (pictured above) is a four-bedroom, Grade II listed, 69ft castellated stone tower built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, perched up high overlooking Steeton and Keighley in West Yorkshire. It comes with its own grotto and was used as a look-out point for the Home Guard during World War II. By 1975 the tower was semi-derelict and used as a meeting place for Hells Angel. It was converted into a residence by the previous owners in the 1990s. It’s on with Strutt & Parker for £625,000.
Planners in Northamptonshire have approved a £60 million new development of 2,750 homes by Persimmon and Bloor Homes – which will come with a range of community facilities – in Towcester. As well as the homes, the proposal will also include two primary schools and leisure facilities including football pitches and allotments in an area of open land between Wood Burcote and Towcester. More than 4,000 construction jobs will be created as a result.
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