Business services

Become a homeworker

Across the Highlands and Islands, a number of companies use homeworkers.

Homeworking can be particularly attractive if you:

  • Are returning to work after a career break
  • Have caring responsibilities
  • Have a disability
  • Have taken early retirement
  • Living in a rural area
  • Want to improve your work/life balance
  • Want to reduce your commuting costs
  • Want to  have greater flexibility in your work pattern

If you would like to find out more about what it is like to be a homeworker please look at our case studies and frequently asked questions 

Which homeworking scheme would be right for you?


There are a variety of homeworking models:

  • Employed status where the employer provides all equipment and training
  • Employed status where the employer provides training but the homeworker provides home office set up including dedicated phone line, broadband and equipment
  • Employed status tethered to a site, typically within a 50 mile radius of home
  • Remote employed status
  • Self employed contractor

Homeworkers can be full time or part time and may contract for a minimum number of hours, typically 15 or 20 hours per week, to suit individual circumstances like benefit entitlement, caring responsibilities, compatibility with other employment etc.

Worried about technology?

The broadband capability required to work from home can be as low as 2 mbs. This capability is available in many areas and should increase with the rollout of superfast broadband over the coming months.


HIE has also invested in a multi-million pound Connected Communities broadband network in the Outer Hebrides serving over 1,800 business and residential subscribers.The broadband capability required to work from home can be as low as 2 mbs.


This capability is available in many areas and should increase with the rollout of superfast broadband over the coming months.


HIE has also invested in a multi-million pound Connected Communities broadband network in the Outer Hebrides serving over 1,800 business and residential subscribers.

 

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