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To wonder what percentage WFH statistically and what are their jobs?

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Beatrixpotterspencil Tue 23-Jun-20 11:06:20

I’m curious about this as many people report not wanting to resume working outside of the home.

What I’m interested in is -
1/ what industries and jobs will be able to allow this as a permanent or near permanent thing?

2/do these jobs have a ‘class’ element, ie, do less working class/professional jobs typically allow WFH?

3/how many people in the uk statistically will be doing this already?

4/a bit of a diversion, but are more people privileged and well off in the uk than actually poor and struggling? Media is difficult to parse sometimes and I’m really interested!

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IagoWithABlackberry Tue 23-Jun-20 11:29:45

I'm a teacher so obviously couldn't work from home full time. I also do bits of freelance writing, which I can do from home.
1/ Bookkeeping, Editorial work comes to mind. I would guess a lot of jobs in IT but I know nothing about IT so...?
2/ I always find class quite hard to define, the goalposts have definitely changed a lot during my lifetime. In terms of salary: If you're freelance or self employed, then there's no guarantee that you'd earn lots working from home. I'd imagine that, if you're an FT employee in a job that allows working from home, then it's likely to be well paid (again, I'm thinking IT but have no experience of the industry so could be completely wrong). It certainly wouldn't be manual work.
3/ No idea, I'm afraid.
4/ "Well off" is subject to the individual. You've seen the "70k is actually a very modest salary in London" on here before, I assume? And there is no comparison between the poor in the UK and the poor in sub Saharan Africa or, indeed, much of the world, poverty in this country is very much relative poverty.
I would guess most people are comfortable. Not private school, no uni debts, mortgage free, four holidays a year comfortable. But an enough for food and bills, can eat out occasionally, treat the kids at birthdays and Christmas, afford school uniform and other necessities but still watching what you spend sort of comfortable. There certainly are families in the UK who don't have enough for food and the very basics but I've taught in some of the most deprived areas of Britain and, even there, this would have been considered extreme. Every so often you'll hear something like "1 in 5 children living in poverty in the UK" and, to be honest, I'm always a little sceptical of that. It's better than pretending it didn't happen at all, though.

Sorry, this hasn't been much help smile

Beatrixpotterspencil Tue 23-Jun-20 11:43:05

Iago, thanks for such a thoughtful reply.

I think I read somewhere a while ago that whilst overall poverty in the uk has decreased, in-work poverty has increased.

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Beatrixpotterspencil Tue 23-Jun-20 11:44:46

By ‘class’ I am referring to typical professions, which of course aren’t strictly defined these days, but maybe I should call it ‘economic class’...

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