Working from home is becoming more common – but London and finance lag behind the average

 
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Some 609,000 women regularly work from home (Source: Getty)

If you'd take a lie-in and pyjama-wearing over office politics and a sweaty commute, good news – working from home is becoming more common.

New research has suggested it has increased by around a fifth in the last decade.

Some 1.52m, or around 5.7 per cent, of workers are now estimated to regularly work from home – 241,000 more than 10 years ago.

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London was below average, with 5.3 per cent regularly working from home.

In terms of sectors, finance and insurance was one of the least home-working industries, with 4.5 per cent saying they did so.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) found the biggest growth in regular home working has been among female employees, with 35 per cent more (157,000) making the switch.

Overall, 912,000 men are estimated to regularly work from home and 609,000 women.

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The research, released on National Working From Home Day, also broke down working from home by age, finding older people are more likely to do so.

Geographically, the South West has the highest proportion of home workers, one in 12, ahead of the East of England, one in 14, and South East, one in 16.

People in Northern Ireland, meanwhile, clearly enjoy their place of work, with just one in 48 staying home regularly.

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