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04 October, 2023

More people are working from home thanks to the pandemic

More workers in the EU and Cyprus work from home as a result of the pandemic, according to Eurostat

Source: CNA

The proportion of those employed that work from home in the European Union has increased after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU.

In 2019, 5.5% of employed people aged 20 - 64 years in the EU usually worked from home. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis was apparent as this share more than doubled in 2020 to 12.3% (6.8 percentage points; pp).

To a lesser extent, there was a further increase in the share of people usually working from home in 2021, as it reached 13.5% (1.2 pp).

In Cyprus, the percentage of people working from home increased from 1.3% in 2019 to 4.5% in 2020 and to 6.7% in 2021.

The regional distribution of working from home in 2021 was somewhat skewed, insofar as there were 95 NUTS level 2 regions where this share was above the EU average, compared with 140 regions that recorded lower-than-average shares.

In Stockholm, the capital region of Sweden, 40.5% of employed people were usually working from home in 2021. This was the highest share across NUTS level 2 regions, with two more capital regions recording the next highest shares: Eastern and Midland in Ireland (39.3% of employed people) and Helsinki-Uusimaa in Finland (37.0%). These three were the only region where the percentage was above 30%.

The share of employed people in the EU who usually work from home rose by 8.0 percentage points between 2019 and 2021. Perhaps the most striking aspect concerns the rapid increase in the proportion of employed people who were working from home in several capitals and urban regions.

In Eastern and Midland in Ireland and in Stockholm in Sweden, the increases were +33.1 pp and +32.8 pp, respectively. In other words, when comparing the pre-pandemic situation in 2019 with the situation in 2021, the share of employed people usually working from home increased in these two capital regions by an amount that was more than four times as high as the increase for the EU average.

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