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The home as business -macroeconomy and microspaces

The home as business -macroeconomy and microspaces
Speaker: Dr Darja Reuschke # University of Southampton; Introduced by: Dr Gil Viry # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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7th Dec 2016 11:00 - 7th Dec 2016 12:00
1st floor practice suite (CMB 1.12)

In the UK, self-employment has substantially increased – with regional variations – and thus kept employment levels ‘surprisingly’ high after the great recession. If we look closer, the majority of self-employed workers who have become so important for employment creation in the UK are home-based or use their home as the base for the business (e.g. IT professionals). In this presentation Dr Reuschke investigates drivers of this homeworking trend and asks why working from home as self-employed worker has so substantially increased and how much it is a matter of choice. Findings from the Labour Force Survey, covering pre-crisis, crisis and post-crises years suggest that home-based self-employment is not a recession phenomenon but is continuously rising since 2001 due to a changing workforce and a changing economy. The rise in professional and administrative occupations has particularly increased the number of women working from home as self-employed. Working from home is attractive for many in order to manage the microspaces of everyday life. However, homeworkers often report isolation as a problem. Co-working spaces in otherwise residential areas might therefore support the significant homeworking workforce.

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