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TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Modern home-working is good for the economy, as it helps businesses hold on to talented staff and boosts productivity. And it allows those with caring responsibilities or a disability greater access to the jobs market.

"While home-working may not work in all professions, I would urge employers to look at the value it can bring to their business and their workforce."

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of WorkWiseUK, which organises National Work From Home Day, said:

“The structure of our economy and consequently our workplaces has changed significantly. Cultural, economic and social changes are affecting attitudes to how we balance or mix work and lifestyle, where increasing mobility and technology is shifting the acceptance or need for traditional office based, 9-5 work patterns, to be replaced by more home-based, flexible ways and periods of work.

“Such fundamental change towards home-working is recognised by increasing numbers of inspired, and more trusting employers.

“They recognise that by changing outdated working practices and implementing a Smarter Working strategy, such as home-working, provides them with an opportunity to set a road map for real work force transformation, creating benefits for their Employees, themselves as well as contributing to the growth of the UK economy.”