More Canadians working from home

Who works from home and what are they doing?
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

A recent article in a Statistics Canada publication finds that more people are working from home.

Between 1995 and 2000, the number of Canadian workers working from home increased by one per cent from 2.1 million to 2.8 million (17 per cent of the total workforce). That 2.8 million is divided equally between employees and self-employed workers, representing ten per cent of the employed population and half of the self-employed.

“Evolution of the Canadian Workplace: Work from Home" breaks these numbers down to give further insight into who was working at home in 2000. More men than women and more part-timers than full-timers worked from home. Many at-home workers were between the ages of 25 and 54, had university degrees and pre-school-age children.

The most likely to put in time at home were social science and educational workers.

Technological advances, including the computer, e-mail, the Internet and telephone enhancements, have had a significant impact on the number of at-home workers.

"Evolution of the Canadian Workplace: Work from Home" appears in the September issue of

Perspectives on Labour and Income

, published by Statistics Canada. You can purchase

Perspectives on Labour and Income

online at www.statcan.ca/english/IPS/Data/75-001-XIE.htm.

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