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The number of people working from their own home has grown by three quarters between 2008 and 2018, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 1.54 million people worked from home for their main role in 2008, up from 884,000 in 2008 - a 74% increase.

Further research conducted by the BBC also found a rise in the number of people who use their home as their main base, but work in different places. That method of working saw a 200,000 increase to 2.66 million.

A recent study by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-employed (IPSE) found that flexibility was the biggest benefit of remote working, highlighted by 55% of those surveyed.

Famously in 2013, former Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer banned working from home to create a 'more cohesive' workforce. However, IPSE's study claims workers are a third more productive when they work from home.

In 2014, the UK introduction flexible working to law, meaning every employee has a legal right to request flexible working, which includes the ability to work from home.