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More and more people in our region are choosing to work from home.

Homeworking opportunities 

There is now a range of businesses operating across the region using homeworkers. 

In the UK around 3.5m people work from home. In Scotland, this is 9.4% of the workforce. This is the lowest percentage penetration in the UK which suggests there is scope for increased homeworking. HIE is keen to work with employers, investors and individuals to increase homeworking opportunities in our region. 

The success for employers and employees has led to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) actively promoting the benefits of using homeworkers to clients looking to invest in the area. 

Homeworking can introduce career opportunities in rural communities, including new options for people who might find it difficult to attend a traditional workplace for various reasons such as a caring responsibilities, a disability or limited access to transport.

Employing a homeworking model offers businesses access to a wider skills pool and creates sustainable communities in some of Scotland's more rural areas.

Homeworking, underpinned by high-speed, universal digital connectivity and its exploitation, has the potential to contribute to a low-carbon economy.

This business model offers significant opportunities for low cost business growth and increased job opportunities in rural areas.

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Homeworking in our region

Joe Newman runs a specialist pension consultancy from his home on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides working on projects for major companies around the UK.

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Useful Links and Research

Working Mums

Workingmums.co.uk was founded by senior communications manager Gillian Nissim in 2006 after the birth of her second child. She found herself and many of her friends in a similar position, needing flexible yet challenging work, but not being able to find it. Candidates register for free and can file their CVs, whilst employers pay a small fee to post their job on the site and contact candidates who match their requirements.

Remote Employment

Promotes home based employment and advertises job opportunities.

Arise UK

Arise UK provides self-employed homeworking opportunities and services brands including BT, Sky and NPOWER


Sensee is the leading UK based provider of home working staff for call centres, with clients including RAC, Argos and Aviva

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