More teleworking in Wallonia and Brussels than Flanders
With 20,9% of Walloon employees working at home and 20% in Brussels, the French-speaking part of Belgium is more into teleworking than the Dutch-speaking in Flanders, with only 15%. Teleworking can have a major impact on mobility during rush hours, says the Belgian federal agency for Mobility and Transport.
The figures come from a study by the agency with 2.000 employees, a representative sample of the Belgian working population. They show teleworking is not a matter for women only (17,6% of the people interviewed) as men are represented nearly equally (16,3%).
People working at home are often the ones with a higher education (21,8%) compared to 12,5% with a secondary education. As a result they are mostly executive staff members (27,7%), compared to only 3,9% for blue-collar workers and 14,1% for employees.
Business sectors most involved are banking and insurance (30,7%), administration and education (22,3%), communication, real estate and liberal professions (20,5%).
Better managing work
Asked what the benefits of teleworking are, 80% answers they can better manage their work and their administrative obligations. Next comes the argument of having more private time and less costs of transportation (77%).
Better managing the work and the household tasks comes third with 75% of the responses. Major drawback though is fewer contact with colleagues and difficulties to draw a clear line between work and private life.
One day a week
Those working from home do this on average one day a week and 34% lives more than 50 km from work, with one out of three teleworkers’ company offices in Brussels. This has a major effect on the mobility, as two-thirds of all kilometres driven in rush hours is home-work traffic, according to the study of the Mobility Agency. Teleworking even masks current growing traffic pressure figures.
Nearly half of the teleworkers (45%) says they don’t do any other movements. Those who still use their car on a teleworking day are the ones going out for shopping (45%), driving the children to school or hobby clubs (17%) or just for pleasure (27%).