There are now 3.8 million internet home workers in the UK, with the majority working in areas of greater prosperity such as London.
The internet home worker figure is from a survey from broadband analyst Point Topic. It said 28% of homes in the London suburbs include at least one home worker. Home working is at its highest in London, the south-east, and the south-west.
Less prosperous Wales, the north-east and Yorkshire have only about half the number of home workers as the national average.
“We estimate there are just under 5.5 million people working at least some portion of the week from home,” said Tim Johnson, Point Topic chief executive officer, “and around 70% of these use the internet in their work.”
Point Topic said around half of all home workers are freelancers or sole traders working on their own account. Around 9% run businesses with employees from home, and the rest are working as employees.
Home workers are twice as likely to be male than female, and are also likely to hold a professional or managerial job. They are generally family people based in suburbs or prosperous towns.