Across Great Britain, the South West of England had the highest rate of home workers
The Changes in UK Workforce
The Office for National Statistics reported last year that there are now 4.2 million ‘home workers’ in the UK, which is almost double the number in 1998 when these figures first started to be recorded. This means that almost 14% of the UK workforce now utilities one of these more ‘flexible’ options.
In fact, according to research we conducted in August 2015, this new generation of self-employed workers chose this type of role due to the flexible hours it offers, the freedom to be one’s own boss, along with the creative challenge and potential for success/satisfaction being key drivers.
The growth in ‘home workers’ has also given rise to a dramatic change in where the UK’s growing ‘Creative Economy’ is able to reside. Gone are the days where freelancers flock to London in order to build up a network of contacts to ensure a regular stream of work. Meaning that workers are increasingly able to move from the shadow of the UK capital to live wherever they want.
The UK’s Anywhere Worker
The growth in the ‘Creative Economy’ has sparked a movement of workers from London and the South East to live and work further afield around the UK, while still being able to provide their expertise to the capital’s economy – as well as extending their support to other areas of the country too.
Most productive cities outside the capital