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Remote workers far more likely to do unpaid overtime

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Compared to traditional office workers, remote workers are less likely to be paid a bonus for overtime, or promoted as a result of their hard work. This is according to a new report from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Analyzing remote workers between 2012 to 2017, the report claims that people who mainly worked from home were “less than half as likely” to be promoted than all other workers.

Furthermore, despite the fact that home workers perform six hours of unpaid overtime on average per week in 2020 (compared to 3.6 hours for office workers), they are around 38 percent less likely to have received a bonus in recent years.

However, remote workers have something to celebrate: their average gross weekly pay was about 20 percent higher in 2020, compared to office workers. The data suggests workers don’t mind “sacrificing” bonuses in order to work remotely.

In the past, remote working has been described as the “future of working”, but many organizations were slow to adopt it. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the move has been expedited, and after more than a year there is plenty of data on the benefits and the drawbacks of remote working. 

Employees usually praise improvements in work-life balance, while raising concerns over mental health, as well as missing the social parts of working in an office.