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The rise of the remote worker: high proportion of employees now based offsite

The rise of the remote worker: high proportion of employees now based offsite

The majority of employers now facilitate remote working. That’s according to new research by specialist engineering recruiter, CBSbutler.

The online survey, conducted in the company’s monthly Bulletpoint management newsletter, asked senior managers what percentage of their staff worked away from the office. Over a quarter of employers responded that more than fifty per cent of their employees work remotely and almost three quarters have at least some staff based offsite.

David Leyshon, Managing Director of CBSbutler says, “These results are indicative of changing times. Businesses are making good use of new technologies and are using them to make life easier for their staff, who may have commitments at home that prevent them from working in the office on a daily basis. In doing so, they are increasing the pool from which new talent can be drawn, which can only be positive for everyone involved.”

The report also showed that almost a quarter (24%) of companies questioned do not offer remote working. Although this figure may seem high, a common reason given was that for some roles, workers are required to be physically present in order to perform their duties.

Leyshon adds, “Although there are some roles in which an employee’s onsite presence is required, for example a mechanic can’t fix cars from home, for many organisations it’s a question of updating their policies and technological capacities. For staff members with families, a little flexibility goes a long way and mutual trust is the key to making a remote working arrangement viable. Here at CBSbutler, we have gone through a series of updates to ensure we have the tools to enable our people to work remotely.”

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