How many people (never) work from home?
By no means does everyone have the opportunity to work from home. In 2019, there were many more workers who never worked from home (5.5 million) than those who did (3.5 million). Most of the homeworkers worked from home occasionally (2.2 million), while the rest usually did so (1.3 million).
Of those regular homeworkersnoot1, 7 out of 10 worked from home, for example sales representatives who visit clients. The rest worked in their own home, such as dentists with a practice at home.
For some time now, the percentage of homeworkers has been increasing. In 2013, more than a third (34 percent) of all workers worked at home, and in 2019 this was almost two-fifths (39 percent).
Many homeworkers among managers, ICT professionals and creative and linguistic professionals
Proportionally, most homeworkers are found among managers, people with a creative or linguistic profession, such as translators, copywriters, visual artists and singers, and people working in ICT. Obviously, the relatively fewest homeworkers are found among drivers and others working in transport and logistics. More than 9 out of 10 of this group never worked at home in 2019.
|Usually homeworking, from home||Usually homeworking, at home||Occasionally homeworking, on fixed days||Occasionally homeworking, without fixed days||Not homeworking|
|Public administration, safety,
|Care and welfare||11||3||3||19||63|
|Transport and logistics||3||0||0||2||94|
Homeworkers worked on average 12 hours a week from home
The homeworkers, i.e. all those who sometimes work at home on a professional basis, worked an average of 34 hours per week.noot2 That amounts to more than 4 working days, assuming an eight-hour working day. This group worked at home for an average of 1.5 days (12 hours). For those who worked at home on a fixed day of the week, their homeworking amounted to an average of more than 7 hours a week. Homeworkers without a fixed day or with two fixed days worked an average of almost 13 hours per week under their own roof. For homeworkers with more than two fixed homeworking days, the average was nearly 15 hours a week.
Fewest homeworking hours in transport and logistics sectors
Homeworkers in the pedagogical, creative and linguistic professions spent half the working week at home. Homeworking managers and farmers, who on average worked more hours per week than all other occupational groups (40 hours), worked for a smaller portion of their time at home, i.e. 15 hours and 18 hours, respectively. The transport and logistics professions also feature at the bottom of this list, with an average of 7 out of 33 hours.
|Hours worked from home||Hours worked elsewhere|
|Care and welfare||10||20|
safety and law
Regular or occasional homeworking
This news release is based on information taken from the Labour Force Survey (EBB). This contribution relates to the total active labour force, i.e. both employees and the self-employed. The respondents were asked the following questions:
- Where do you generally work: at your own home address, at a different fixed location or at various locations?
- Do you work inside the house or elsewhere, for example a home office or practice with a separate entrance, a warehouse or outside?
- Do you also work from home occasionally?
Working hours per week
These are hours usually worked in the main job. The main job is the job that a person spends most time on. Some workers have more than one job.