Percent Increase in Telecommuting since 2005, According to FlexJobs & Global Workplace Analytics Report

“”More companies have recognized the bottom-line benefits of telecommuting and are increasingly incorporating this type of flexible work arrangement into their business strategies,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs

Today, FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics announced the release of their 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, the most up-to-date and comprehensive data analysis available on the state of telecommuting in the United States, and recent trends. Among the report’s significant findings: the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. increased 115 percent between 2005 and 2015.

Key findings of the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report include:

●     3.9 million U.S. employees, or 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce, work from home at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005 (a 115 percent increase since 2005).

●     The average telecommuter is 46 years of age or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.

●     Roughly the same population of women and men telecommute.

●     Telecommuting is more common among employees over 35 years of age and most common among Baby Boomers.

●     In more than half of the top U.S. metro areas telecommuting exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice. It has grown far faster than any other commute mode.

“Telecommuting offers compelling benefits for economic and job growth while also better addressing current societal, environmental, and infrastructure challenges stemming from our current workforce norm,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “ And while more companies are acknowledging…

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