Teleworking in Australia: Latest Trends and Perceptions

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teleworking and telecommuting are concepts (and terms) that have been around since the early 1970’s, but have become a recent reality for many as technology and work culture are shifting.  By 2020, through the completion of the National Broadband Network, the government aims to provide greater opportunities for Australians to work remotely, with the aim for 12 percent of all public servants to regularly telecommute.

A recent McCrindle Research survey of over 580 Australians shows that Australians are eager to make significant changes to their working styles, embracing the freedom to work from home or remote of their primary location of work.

Most would stay longer if offered teleworking

80% of those surveyed stated that they would more likely stay longer with an existing employer should that employer provide them with the flexibility of working remotely or from home. Women expressed this in a greater capacity than men, with 82% of women agreeing this to be true for them, compared to 78% of men. The desire for flexible working arrangements was greatest among full-time workers, 86% of whom expressed the potential for increased longevity in their current role should teleworking be made available to them.

Most would take a pay cut for teleworking

Most employees (52% of men and 51% of women) are prepared to forego a percentage of their pay in exchange for greater flexibility in their working arrangements. While a lesser percentage of Baby Boomers showed such a capacity to forego pay, still almost half (46%) of them would be prepared to put a price on flexibility.

28% of Australians would be willing to earn 5% less for significant flexibility, and 14% of Australians would be willing to earn around 10% less to telework. 1 in 16 Australians would even be willing to compromise 20% of their pay – an entire day’s pay on a full-time load – in exchange for the opportunity to work remotely or from home.

Most are more productive working from home

55% of Australians reported being slightly or significantly more productive working from home than in an office environment. Productivity from home increases with age: While only 45% of Gen Ys report being more productive from home, this number rises to 52% for Gen Xs and 61% for the Baby Boomers. The Builder generation, those 68 and older, report the greatest personal productivity in a home-working environment, with 73% of them reporting greater personal productivity.

Australians spend most of their time working in one location

46% of Australians currently spend all of their working time in their primary location of work. 31% spend anywhere up to 20% of their time working from a remote location, 13% spend between 20 and 80% working remotely, and 10% of Australians work remotely more than 80% of their working time.

1 in 5 Australians work in 3 or more locations

While employers have shown a greater degree of flexibility for telecommuting than in the past, 54% of Australians still work from one central office location. However, 25% of Australians have a second location from which they conduct at least one hour’s work every week, 12% of Australians have 3 or 4 locations that they are based from, and 10% of Aussie workers work across 5 or more locations every single week.

Most want to do some work from home

When given the choice, 78% Aussies expressed a desire to spend at least a certain amount of their time working from home. Of these, 36% expressed a desire to work mainly in the workplace but partly at home, 24% desired to work half their working time in both places, and 40% expressed that they would like to work mainly at home and partly at home.

81% of those employed on a part-time basis showed a desire to work at home at some capacity, compared to only 70% of those who are employed full-time.

More popular and productive for introverts

The benefit of teleworking for introverts is greater than for extroverts. Introverts are 30% more productive working from home than extroverts. If given the choice, over a third of introverts (34%) would choose to work mainly at home and only partly in the workplace, whereas only 1 in 5 extroverts (22%) would choose the same. Conversely, extroverts are 32% more likely than introverts to want to work mainly in the workplace and only partly at home.

But gathering centrally is still essential

In terms of culture and output, the majority of Australians value the group collective, stating that in order to promote the best team outcomes, times for gathering and brainstorming as well as the capacity to work with varying degrees of flexibility is key. Only 18% of Australians feel that collective productivity is greatest when everyone is working in one place with no teleworking options. Over two thirds of Aussies (68%) stated that the culture and output of a workplace is best when everyone is working in one place with a degree of flexibility for teleworking, or when there is a time for gathering and working together but also a significant time for working remotely. Only 1 in 10 Australians would say that productivity is best when workers largely work independently with occasional gathering, and very few Australians (4%) report seeing no need for workers to gather in order to achieve maximum output or develop cultural cohesion.

About this Study: This research was conducted by McCrindle Research in May 2013 based on a nationwide study of 586 respondents.

Click here for the full report:

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


mother's day internet sentiments The Daily Edition high density world youth day marriages Res Vis quote mentor narcissism community change 2013 millionth brand experience workplace educhat renting affordable mccrinlde leader social life investing follow 40 million families Netflix demographic transformations stay home shopper's pick US school satisfaction moderators guide australian Australia street going out owning a home jobs of the future food bank overcast victoria sunburnt country the hills shire Lower Hunter rent rise of local lifestyle internships religion royal baby schools live the dream high density apartments baby names events daily commute social commentator environmental scanning moreton bay conferences safe food insecurity sydneysider baby boomers earnings Australian Dream Canberra innovation vegemite professional services casual earning story ACT Report baby stats earn Sydney’s south west economy 23 million meals Hills Shire Council focus group who is generation z networking social shifts cost of living impact 2016 census 2012 baby name blaxland fears home owner australian real estate local staff financial future bus trend tuesday 1975 poor consumerism ACF2017 community event 2015 car home clothing economic NT wealth tuesday pyrmont kate middleton pharmacy Hornsby Shire Council Australian Census What is food insecurity? young people dessert Aussies mover and shaker grandparents wedding investment 1994 personalities education sector baby names report marriage balance global generations social analysis Tasmania Generation Y christianity gender communication professional speaker cars royal influence offenders brisbane work-life capital cities social issues Australian Communities Trends travelling Vocational education newspaper communications winter waverton tips crows nest population map Deaths Gen Y ultimo greatness australian communities forum government anzac Charlotte Melbourne average Australian alpha learning builders gen alpha goals SMSF future forecasting daily telegraph demography VIC youth Research Executive language ashley fell australian communities trends report mccrindle in the media winter blues Sydney keynote speaker recap learn research report generation Z collaborative collaboration global financial crisis deloitte names McCrindle Keynote Speakers teachers parents intern media release Cobbitty-Leppington mythbusting residents mobile wellbeing food real selfie forecast coffee lovers australian social research shopping centre Education Future Forum social trends NBRS mythbusters infographics entertainment weather school students finance Mark McCrindle baby name trends ACF award winner trends of 2017 keynote monarchy tableau employmee youth unemployment hello fresh care support wealth and income communicate professional employmer huffington post parenting sydneysiders faux-cilising organisations socialising volunteer megatrends teleworking workplace culture year 12 Australian community trends chairty Christmas lunch townhouses 24,000,000 #censusfail average sydneysider Performance Sentiment Index holidays australian community trends report The ABC of XYZ repayments demographic trends eliane miles community engagement Sydney population ashley mckenzie news staying in affordability communities house price rise mining boom social commentary hills faux-cilise medicine church hopes public transport panel financial fears Christmas day national wealth 1968 FPA growth survey design NFP event royal dare to dream property Channel 7 McCrindle Speaker insight trends analyst cancelling plans McCrindle Speakers menai online shopping baby boom learner micro WA thrive SA commuting geomapping group session socialites volunteering data cancelling event jobs business outsourcing Adelaide train wolloomooloo suburb insights online shopping REIV Conference demographic mccrindle tea tea bondi Australian Trends Andrew Duffin global retail conference speaker Queensland: QLD Australian Home financial dreams christmas increasing densification new office unaffordable fresh Black Friday in Australia speakers media average aussie case study middle class Skilling households future of work TEDx Speaker paying to work gig long weekend public holiday Queensland cica in the media norwest rain budget 2016 census results researcher Christmas presents visualisation sustainable salary 1980 presentations Willowdale social research sydney event research services education speaker engage belief entrepreneur conference presentation proactive sunny days faux-ciliser public speaker social lives men NBRS Architecture work mates prince george generational trends VET sector logan lalor park tertiary education IT Specialists customer Wodonga CBD Real Estate employment volunteers not for profit Financial Planning Association national private wealth suburban living "know the times" business index ageing population authenticity Retail small business growth of sydney Mark McCrindle in the media social enquiry research cooking housing affordability education future ideas low density business performance Sydney Lifestyle Study Elderslie-Harrington park Wagga Wagga equip census Generation X office space identity DIY leadership workshop optimistic graphs weekly earnings city retirement easy rider plans motivate forum teaching wages charity personal growth Australian communities cartodb hornsby Love dreaming home ownership mccrindle research Births goal choice workers women land of the middle class Channel Seven employers marrickville teacher population growth future of shopping domestic ease of travel schools students innovative debate cancel plans family toys the lucky country 10 years future proofing SRE aged care puzzle giving population Hunter Valley ACT social impact Do It Yourself friends Myth purpose cultural diversity ipswich System's Architect visual generations TDE charities contiki sydney hills New South Wales urban living qualitative research Financial Planning Week darwin supply and demand society royal family investor resilience millennials vegetarian Australian demographics rule keeper demographics area nfp states define faith rental stress shbc Lower Hunter Region holiday financial product storytelling hills shire snapshot millenials consumer research data state brands educated gig economy children Black Friday analysis year 7 woolworths population milestone transport Sydney school capital city TEDx statistics January 26th work Population Clock coffee TED talk shifts wealth distribution Australian schools Australians the changing face of census 2016 trend urban living index divorce priorities university father's day responsive public speaking students Wellington technology urban workshop optus sydney market manly Western Australia culture TED click wage resource housing market donate CPI cultural diveristy donation energy 2014 summer sector cash urban taskforce australians staying home more healthy future money emerging trends Geoff Brailey PSI careers Sydney Hills Business Chamber NSW mccrindle list workforce baby name predictions dream Northern Beaches Christian School HSC Gen Z Expert sports acf15 Business analysis teach university degree sydneycity debt cloudy days entrepreneurs of today conference rich Tuesday Trend futurist ethnography income wealth inequality renter of the future screenagers REIV National Conference Research Director New Zeland future of education couple speajer post rationalism social change property market Assistant Store Manager new york times education research tattoos bureau hunger Crime Rates unemployment 2020 commuters JOMO Scouts facts trades Valentine’s Day NEETs etiquette christian living Australian Families the average aussie divorce rate group Christmas day weather sydney property market Jura Coffee growing population Northern Beaches travel financial independence keynote speaker apartment speakers pack publication 2017 crime future-proof focus groups Financial Planning Association of Australia google Engineering Manager Social Trend Caregiver high school results curiosity society trends aussie culture aged care Bathburst the hills infographic gold coast social media Mount Annan-Currant Hill relevant Christchurch Tuesday Trends video litter VET market research trends of 2016 world princess charlotte sun media activity sydney metro internship Australia Day 2017 property development micro apartments James Ward global research pack Christmas season village award work from home sector wide study digital South Australia World Water Day Gen X skills celebration Real Estate Institute of Victoria Kirsten Brewer neutral bay Word Up Royals study 24 million Northern beaches Event house prices brand cold mortgage criminal research visualisation Jura Australia census results Territory EFF Aussie emerging technologies high density living entrepreneurial poker master buildings professional presenters presentation ageing dreams ABS GPO screenage Australian Bureau of Statistics TAS potts point generation challenge twentyseventeen non profit tv ACF17 social analyst professional development Northern Territory Australia Day wealth and income distribution baby names australia report data urban development research on coffee google for education life property price Black Friday Sales sydney speaker Duchess of Cambridge social showreel office opening Work place the great screenage the australian dream child care australia Macquarie University spirituality hobart spend survey future proof local communities housing trends FOMO not for profit research national crime rates Kiwi digital economy financial planning relational meetings infographic wall gen z seasons suburbs young australians McCridle learning styles career mateship optus my business awards data analyst housing trends census data cost emerging generations house perth data visualisation social researchers apartments report leadership organisational culture media commentary student demographer thought leadership experience culturally diverse typical australian Australian Population housing growth environment event annual income younger generations volunteering English DESTEL water changing face of sydney politics generation alpha pharmacies in depth interviews local community omnibus household not-for-profit grave decision social researcher marketing census fail engagement SMART office participants program ACF 2016 know the times Merry Christmas slideshare education future report New Zealand easter 2016 eliane Maxim Accounting rising house prices happiness house price interactive ferry commute breakfast friendship training February 16 sector wide