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Four million people now work from home

There are now more than four million people now work from home after a huge increase in recent years, according to a study.The TUC said the number of regular home-workers had risen by more than half a million since 2007 and by 62,000 over the past year.

Four million work from home. Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

The biggest boom has been in the South East, up by 132,000 since 2007, while the South West has the highest proportion of people working from home at one in six. Staff demands for more flexible working and changes in technology are behind the trend, although the growth may tail off, the union said.

The report, to mark national work from home day, said many employers were still afraid to allow staff to work away from the office.