HC Deb 20 January 2003 vol 398 c51W
Mr. Miller

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many(a) employees and (b) self-employed persons are teleworkers. [91600]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Andrew Miller, dated 20 January 2003: The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about teleworkers. I am replying in his absence. (91600) The attached table gives the information requested, for the three month period ending May 2002. These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS questions on teleworking are asked in spring (March to May) quarters only. The latest available estimates are for spring (March to May) 2002.

Employees and self-employed people who are teleworkers1,2
United Kingdom: spring (March to May) 2002
Thousand 3
Teleworker homeworkers4
Employees 163
Self-employed 232
Home-based teleworkers5
Employees 375
Self-employed 449
Occasional teleworkers6
Employees 472
Self-employed 89
Employees 1,010
Self-employed 770
1People who do some paid or unpaid work in their own home in their main job and could not do so without using both a telephone and a computer.
2Estimates not adjusted for non-response to the teleworking questions.
3Not seasonally adjusted
4Teleworkers who work mainly in their own home.
5Teleworkers who work in various locations using home as a base.
6People who do not usually work at home or use home as a base but spent at least one day in the reference week teleworking in these locations.


These Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates are Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and have not yet been adjusted to take account of the recent Census 2001 results.


ONS Labour Force Survey