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Telecommuting Facts

The Telework Facts are brought to you by TelCoa - The Telework Coalition.

  • There were 4 million teleworkers in the US in 1995. Source, FIND/SVP

  • The number of teleworkers in the US increased from 19.6 MM in 1999 to 23.6MM in 2000 to 28.8 in 2001. Source, ITAC

  • The number of teleworkers worldwide in 2003 is expected to be 137 million. Source, Gartner Group

  • 39% of US workers would like to telework, but only 31% feel there employers will let them. Rutgers U., U. of Connecticut.

  • 17% or the workers in Finland telework. Eustats

  • AT&T teleworkers work an average of 5 more hours per week than AT&T office workers. Chicago Sun Times, 10/99

  • JD Edwards teleworkers are from 20 to 25% more productive than their office workers. Chicago Sun Times, 10/99

  • A 40 minute commute equates to 8 working weeks per year. Colorado Telework Coalition

  • 20% of teleworkers are supervised from out of state. ITAC, 2000

  • Office space for the average worker costs $10,000 per year.

  • Telework can cut corporate real estate costs from 25 to 90%. PC World

  • The manager/staff ratio in a virtual organization is 1:40. It's 1:4 in a traditional office. Ft. Lauderdale Sentinel

  • American Express teleworkers produce 43% more business than their office workers. Colorado Telework Coalition

  • 63% of absentee related costs can be saved per teleworker.

  • Compaq teleworkers are from 15-45% more productive. Colorado Telework Coalition

  • IBM reduced real estate costs in the US by from 40-60%. Telecommuting Review

  • More than 65 % of teleworkers are employed by companies with fewer than 100 employees. IDC/LINKFLASH

  • Approximately 22% of teleworkers are employed by companies with more than 1000 employees. IDC/LINKFLASH

  • 53% of teleworkers say the ability to work at home is important to their employment choice. ITAC, 1999

  • 65% of home teleworkers are males vs. 44% of non-teleworkers. ITAC, 2000

  • The average commute of a teleworker when not teleworking is 18 miles. ITAC, 1999

  • Teleworkers save an average 53 minutes of commuting each day they don't drive to work. ITAC, 1999

  • Employers can save 63% of absenteeism costs per teleworker per year. ITAC, 1999

  • Teleworkers typically work 1-2 days per week (5.5days/month) from home. ITAC 1999

  • 45% of teleworkers have a separate home office space. ITAC, 1999

  • The potential US employer annual savings through telework from reduced absenteeism, recruiting costs, and from increased productivity could be as high as $441 billion. ITAC, 1999

  • 67% of teleworkers are married or from couple households. ITAC, 1999

  • Teleworker ages: 17%, 18-29 Yrs; 60%, 30-49 Yrs; 22%, 50-64 Yrs. ITAC, 1999

  • Teleworkers work: 38% of time at their computer, 17% on the phone, 24% on reading, research & analysis, and 9% in face-to-face meetings. ITAC, 1999

  • 40% of teleworkers can schedule multiple personal tasks and errands on the same day that they work from home. ITAC, 1999

  • 26% of teleworkers work before or after hours so they can meet personal tasks and errands. ITAC, 1999

  • Teleworkers drive 9.3 miles to run errands on days they telework. ITAC, 1999 Commuters, when adding errands to the commute, drive 7.9 additional miles. ITAC, 1999

  • Home teleworkers have 1 PC for work and 1 PC for non-work purposes vs. non-teleworkers who have 0.8 PCs for work and 0.5 PCs for non-work. ITAC, 2000

  • US Regions w/highest per capita densities of teleworkers are New England, Mountain & Pacific. ITAC, 2000

  • 33% of Canadians would prefer to telework over a 10% wage increase. Ekos Research

  • 50% of Canadian households are on the Internet compared to 29% in 1997. Media Matrix

  • Less than 1% of telecommuters want to stop once they have started to telecommute. Nortel Networks

  • Industry Canada reports productivity gains of up to 50% by teleworkers. Trade-Marks Branch

  • Ford, Delta & Intel provided computers to their 512,000 employees " create a competitively superior workforce."

  • Unisys Outsourcing, with 100% of employees teleworking, reduced office space by 90%, saving $1 million annually. MWCOG, 1999

  • IBM Canada had teleworker productivity improvements of up to 50%. IBM, Canada

  • Teleworkers work 39% from a spare bedroom, followed by 10.5% from the dining room. ITAC, 2000

  • Of home-based teleworkers, 38% desired more home teleworking. ITAC, 2000

  • 43% of Canadians would change jobs to an employer allowing telework. Ekos Research

  • It is estimated that 100MM US workers will telecommute by 2010. Kiplinger, 12/00

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