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1 in 4 Workers Occasionally Work at Home, More than Half Have Flexible Schedules

In 2017-18, 25 percent of wage and salary workers worked at home at least occasionally,…

  • October 12, 2019

In 2017-18, 25 percent of wage and salary workers worked at home at least occasionally, and 15 percent of wage and salary workers had days they only worked at home. Fifty-seven percent of workers had a flexible schedule in which they could vary the times they began and stopped working.

In 2017-18, about 36 million wage and salary workers (25 percent) worked at home at least occasionally, and 15 percent of wage and salary workers had days they only worked at home, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Fifty-seven percent of workers had a flexible schedule in which they could vary the times they began and stopped working.

Forty-two million wage and salary workers (29 percent) could work at home, and 36 million workers (25 percent) sometimes worked at home.

Among those who worked at home, 24 percent did so because of a personal preference, 23 percent worked at home to catch up on work, 22 percent did so to coordinate their work schedule with personal or family needs, and 16 percent did so because the job required it.

Of the 25 percent of wage and salary workers who worked at home at least occasionally, 67 percent were paid for this work, 21 percent were not paid for this work, and 12 percent performed both paid and unpaid work at home.

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