Hamilton people working from home

Home-based work has a positive impact on a city, contributing to the development of community social networks and creating busier, and therefore livelier and safer, cities, towns and villages. It is good for the economy at both the macro [corporation] and the micro [start-up/ small business] scale. It is also good for the local economy; home-based workers tend to use local services throughout the day.

Sourced from Google maps

Sourced from Google maps

Sadly work from home is under pressure.

On 2013 census day (see transport) 4.8 percent (3,126) of Hamilton’s 64,602-strong work force worked from home; this is down from 5.2 percent (2,805) of Hamilton’s  work force of 53,745 in the 2001 census, but up on the 2006 census figure of 4.6 percent (2,871) of 62,946 workers.

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 Hamilton’s trend is also said to be happening in Germany, where working from home accounts for roughly 10 percent of the total labour force.

To help understand what’s driving this change, this UK web site (a brief history of the workhome) explains where the longer term pressures come from, including council rating policies, zoning laws designed to separate place of work from home and guidelines to protect existing or desired business hierarchies.


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