Six in every ten companies allow teleworking

28/08/2013 15:00

Last year, 59 percent of companies employing 10 at least 10 persons allowed teleworking. The sectors financial services and ICT promote large-scale teleworking.

Standstill after years of growth

The proportion of companies with teleworking facilities has not grown further in the period 2010-2012. Between 2004 and 2010, the proportion of companies offering teleworking facilities has grown substantially. In 2004, teleworking was possible in only one quarter of companies versus more than 60 percent in 2010. This means that the proportion of teleworking companies has more than doubled in six years.

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons) employing teleworkers

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons) employing teleworkers

Teleworking common in ICT and financial sector

Teleworking was introduced on a large scale in financial services and ICT. In both sectors, nine in ten companies employ teleworkers. The widespread use of computers in these branches facilitates teleworking. 
In sectors where the physical presence of employees is required, the teleworking rate is much lower. In the construction sector, for example, only half of companies employ teleworkers. Teleworking is least common in the sector hotels and restaurants (only one quarter of companies).

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons) employing teleworkers by sector, 2012

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons) employing teleworkers by sector, 2012

Netherlands just below EU average

The proportion of companies in the Netherlands promoting teleworking is just under the EU average of 60 percent. With eight in ten, Finland has the highest rate of companies employing teleworkers. In France and Spain, on the other hand, the proportion of teleworkers is relatively low.

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons, excluding financial institutions and health care) in the EU employing teleworkers, 2012

Companies (staff of at least 10 persons, excluding financial institutions and health care) in the EU employing teleworkers, 2012

Ron de Heij