CBI points to dramatic rise in flexible working


CBI points to dramatic rise in flexible working

Microscope contributor

The movement towards flexible working, which has an impact on the potential technology being used in the home, is continuing to gather pace.

According to research carried out by the CBI the traditional 9 to 5 is becoming blurred as workers start taking advantage of flexible working.

Resellers and distributors have already noted that the impact of high fuel prices along with an increasing commitment to reducing carbon footprints has already seen an increase in the number of people working from home or exploiting remote access technology.

In the past some vendors have released products that are designed to specifically appeal to this market with Brother amongst them with its range of multi-function devices and more recently A3 printers.

In the CBI/Pertemps Employments Trends Survey just shy of half of those employers asked said they now offered flexible working, which is a large rise from the 14% who were able to say the same two year ago.

John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: "Using teleworking to take work out of the workplace has become very popular, and is also a useful way to avoid a laborious commute, balance family commitments, and even reduce carbon emissions. As technology becomes more reliable and widely available, this trend can only grow."

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