articles | 07 February 2020

Cyprus near bottom of EU list of those working from home

Only 1.2% of Cypriots work from home, one of the smallest shares of people in EU member states, Eurostat figures published on Thursday show.

The percentage is slightly higher than ten years ago, when it was 0.8%, but lower than in the period from 2013 to 2016 – immediately following the crisis – when it hovered around 1.6%.

The only countries in the EU which have a smaller share are Bulgaria and Romania with 0.3 and 0.4% respectively.

In 2018, 5.2% of working people aged 15 to 64 in the EU usually worked from home. This share has remained constant at around 5% throughout the last decade.

With 14% of employed people usually working from home in 2018, the Netherlands topped the list of EU member states, closely followed by Finland (13.3%), Luxembourg (11%) and Austria (10%).

In the EU, the self-employed usually worked from home (18.5%) more often than employees (3%). This pattern was repeated in each member state.

The highest rates recorded were in Finland where more than 40% of self-employed persons usually worked from home (46.4%), the Netherlands (44.5%) and Austria (43.6%).

A slightly higher share of women usually worked from home (5.5%) than men (5%).

The share of those working from home increases with age. In the EU, just 1.8% of 15 to 24-year-olds usually worked from home in 2018, compared to 5% among 25 to 49 year-olds and 6.4% among 50 to 64 year-olds. The highest share of 15 to 24-year-olds who usually worked from home was recorded in Luxembourg (8.7%).

Source: Cyprus Mail

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