Retail, Transport and Manufacturing are the industries least likely to offer working from home

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-Mar-20

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has forced many employers to consider encouraging, or even forcing, their employees to work from home to reduce the possibility of the virus spreading around the community; however, this is not possible for all jobs. The latest in-depth employment data from Roy Morgan shows that 71% of employed Australians do no work from home, down by only 1% from a decade ago. In contrast, 29% of workers do undertake some work from home, up from 28%. Until this year, and the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, these figures have barely changed in the last 10 years. Importantly, there are several industries for which working from home is simply not an option for all employees. Over three-quarters of employees in the Retail (87%), Transport and Storage (82%), Manufacturing (82%) and Recreation and Personal (77%) do no work from home. There are two industries for which ‘doing some work from home’ is reported by almost half of the workforce including Finance, Property and Business Services (49% have done at least some work from home) and Communications (44%).


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