A third of Belgians are allowed to work from home. Figures published on Wednesday by the HR service, SD Worx, indicate this is the case.
SD Worx questioned 2,500 workers. With a third of these allowed to work from home, Belgium is positioned within the European average, on a par with Germany and the United Kingdom. In France and Austria, only a quarter of workers have the opportunity to do so. The Netherlands performs best with 40%.
In Belgium, nearly 60% of homeworking enthusiasts say that they are pleased to have the option available to them. Predictably, the possibility mainly appeals to people who live far from their normal place of work. Around half of those spending more than one and a half hours on the road per day resort to it at least once a week.
For all that not everyone is wild about it: more than one worker in ten has no interest in working from home, and more than one in three does not have the opportunity.
Not all employers allow the work arrangement. Amongst workers in the private sector, 22% think that this is a pity, 9% have no interest in working from home, and 69% acknowledge that it would not work for their position, the majority of them being labourer workers.