More Workers Telecommute, but Spread of Practice Slows

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Aug. 19 — The share of workers who have teleworked from home reached 37 percent this month, compared with 30 percent in 2008 and 32 percent in 2006, poll results from Gallup Inc. showed Aug. 19.

Another 63 percent of workers said they have never worked from home using a computer instead of going to the office.

“More American workers, though still a minority, now say they have telecommuted than said so in three prior Gallup surveys,” the Princeton, N.J.-based consulting company said. “However, the growth of the practice appears to be slowing.” From 1995 to 2006, the share of teleworkers jumped from just 9 percent to 32 percent.

Those who have teleworked typically do so three days per month, a number unchanged from earlier surveys, according to the median results from the latest poll. The median is the midpoint, at which half of the workers telecommuted more days and half, less.

Gallup conducted the telephone survey Aug. 5-9 among 1,011 adults in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, including 485 people who were employed full or part time.

Telecommuting is much more common among workers who have post-secondary education, are upper-income and work in white-collar occupations, Gallup said.

College graduates and workers with an annual household income of $75,000 or more were about twice as likely as those who did not have a bachelor's degree or had lower incomes to telework, with 55 percent of college graduates and 52 percent of higher income workers reporting they have telecommuted.

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