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Byline: MARK ELLIS Industrial Correspondent

A RECORD 4 million people are now working from home.

Nearly two-thirds are male, but there are a growing number of women.

Figures released to mark National Work From Home Day show that in the last five years homeworking has risen by 407,000 or 13%.

The biggest increases have been in the South East, Scotland and Wales, although nine out of 10 new homeworking jobs are part-time. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said it was now an essential part of the labour market and urged firms to be more flexible about where staff worked.

She said: "The sheer scale of homeworking proves how easily it can be done, but there are still too many employers reluctant to allow staff to work away from the office or the shop floor.

"Figures show another 4.5 million would like to work from home, so more still needs to be done."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2013
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