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3 things we discovered about home-working

Industry news / Wednesday 2 May 2018 / Peggy McGregor

Top three home-working trends

We surveyed over 1,500 life science professionals across Europe, as part of our career trends report. Among other factors, we asked about their experience of home-working and uncovered some interesting trends in the process. Take a look at our top three below.

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#1: One or two days is optimal

Almost half of life science professionals believe 1-2 days of home-working per week is ideal. They seem to be on the right track too, since 67% of professionals with this arrangement wouldn’t change it.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 85% of life science professionals that never work from home are dissatisfied and want more time at home. Interestingly though, there is a small selection of people (5%) who’d always choose to work in the office. (Perhaps their company has a slide and free pizza.)

#2: The gender difference isn’t that big

You may be surprised to learn that our male respondents are only 3% less likely to work from home than their female counterparts. However, the key difference lies in frequency: women are 9% more likely to spend 1-5 days at home per week.

Home-working is a growing option for men and women alike; almost a third reported seeing an increase in the number of home-based opportunities available to them.

#2: The gender difference isn’t that big


#3: Some people want more time in the office

Of those who have a home-working arrangement in place, 56% are completely happy with it.

Yet a small proportion (7%) is yearning for the office. Most of these dissatisfied individuals are fully home-based, and want to reduce their time at home to 3-4 or 1-2 days per week.

Indeed, there can be disadvantages to home-working. Some people feel isolated from their colleagues, and there’s the risk of missing out on professional development and recognition. Yet the prevailing attitude towards home-working is a positive one, with one in two professionals wanting to work from home more often.

Break-down by job function

Wondering how often your peers work from home?

Our full report includes a break-down of stats by job function - plus data around salaries, contracting and more. This insightful resource is based on 1,527 survey responses from professionals working in the pharmaceutical, medtech, biotech and CRO industries.

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Industry news / Wednesday 2 May 2018 / Peggy McGregor