Wednesday 08, March 2017 by Jessica Combes

More than half workers in the Middle East work remotely

Latest research commissioned by Regus, the flexible workspace provider, shows that 54 per cent of workers in the Middle East now work from outside one of their company’s main offices for half the week or more.

When asked where they carried out their remote working, only 42 per cent said they mostly work from home.

The survey, canvassing over 380 business people in the Middle East, aims to provide a snap-shot of the world of work today and found that while remote working is clearly the norm, it certainly is not synonymous with home working: only eight per cent work exclusively from home. Rather, 51 per cent workers suggest that they work remotely in order to remain productive while travelling to and from meetings within the same city or in other cities.

“These results show that today’s workforce is truly mobile. Only a very small proportion of workers are true home-workers spending all their time out of the main office in a home-office. Workers report that they are not looking to replace one fixed office space with another such as the home, but are declaring that they need places to stop off and regain productivity while travelling to and from business meetings in their own, or in other cities,” said Kory Thompson, Regus Country Manager UAE, Oman & Kuwait.

The study also found that only eight per cent of remote workers are fully-fledged home workers spending the full week working from their home office; 15 per cent said business centres were among the most popular locations for remote work, and 23 per cent say that they usually work abroad when working remotely.

Thompson added that business people clearly show that they need drop-in locations where they can productively work from a few hours to a full day. Business centres prove a popular choice as they can be found scattered across cities and provide a professional and collected environment that favours concentration, very much the opposite of noisy cafes where it is hard to find focus and privacy.



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