October 26, 2020


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IT experts in particular switched from home to work NOW in the “Corona Quarter”

IT experts in particular switched from home to work NOW in the “Corona Quarter”

Managers and educationalists took work home little more than usual in the second quarter of this year. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), teleworking in ICT professions increased the most in the “Corona quarter” compared to the previous year.

In almost all occupational groups, the proportion of people who sometimes started to work at home rose sharply in the months of April to June compared with the same quarter of 2019. Over 40 percent of ICT employees have worked with them in the past few months. House, twice as many as a year before.

Nowadays, a significantly higher percentage of people with a creative or linguistic occupation sometimes work at home, just like those in business. The proportion of managers who work from home is almost the same as last year and is even slightly lower for people with a teaching profession.

CBS chief economist Pieter Hein van Mulligen points out that the survey asked if people had ever brought work home with them in the past week. The number of teachers and managers who answered yes to this question was already relatively high in 2019. “It can therefore be the teacher who checks the tests in the evening,” says Van Mulligen.

Cautious trend towards more work from home

Sectors in which hardly anyone worked from home a year ago and are still working today are the agricultural sector and logistics. However, this year there are more people in these sectors who say they sometimes take work home.

According to Van Mulligen, the numbers cautiously suggest a trend towards working more from home over the longer term. In 2019 there were a total of 3.5 million employees sometimes working for the boss from home, compared to 2.8 million in 2013.

The self-employed are not included in the survey.