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Flexible working applications 'almost double'

Published: Wednesday, 29 October 2008   Category: Life after graduation

An increasing number of UK employees are choosing to work from home, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by TipTopJobs.com has revealed that almost twice as many employees were hoping to secure a homeworking position in September 2008 than the previous month, reports Recruiter.

The online jobs website received 1,673 applications for such roles last month, representing a 42 per cent rise on the 1,176 seen in August.

According to Corinne Dauncey, marketing manager at TipTopJob.com, it is becoming "more acceptable" to work from home.

However, she warned that the trend witnessed was perhaps indicative of graduates and other job hunters seeking to cut costs by avoiding the expense of commuting.

Ms Dauncey commented: "Economists believe headline rates of inflation are now set to fall back, with oil prices having recently dropped, so it will be interesting to see what happens to these applications, whether they continue to rise or fall in line with inflation."

Commenting on the flexible working agenda, Onrec.com stated today that non-standard working practices can benefit employers and employees alike providing such regimes are properly planned.

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