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IT and telecoms workers hog homeworking benefits

Professionals working in IT and telecoms have more flexibility than those in other sectors to work from home, according to a survey.

Research by conferencing supplier Polycom, based on a survey of 1,200 UK office workers, revealed that a third of IT and telecoms professionals could work from home as much as they liked - significantly more than those working in media, advertising or financial services.

The research suggests that homeworking is becoming more attractive as commuting, particularly in London, becomes more time consuming and stressful.

“Our study shows commuting takes longer and is more stressful that it was five years ago and people are less happy with their jobs as a result,” said Steve Leyland, Polycom managing director.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, a initiative backed by the CBI and the TUC to encourage flexible working, said that changed working patterns could encourage flexibility.

“The UK has not only one of the longest working weeks but also the longest commute times in Europe. The social impact of work is considerable. The stress and health cost, as well as the impact on family life is huge,” he said.

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