Working remotely: The Netherlands leads EU countries with 65%

The Netherlands is the European Union (EU) country with the highest proportion of workers working remotely, says a latest research, as the idea gained the currency after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the businesses to change their mindset.

It means the Netherlands is not just the world’s leading example of a cycling nation, and for good reason as it also leads when comes to flexible working conditions.

Luxembourg and Sweden are second and third respectively while the remaining countries in the top 10 list are Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, France, Malta and Austria.

The research conducted by Remote – a global HR solutions company – shows the difference from the start of the pandemic in 2020 to the end of 2022.

On average, 30 percent of workers in EU regularly worked from home last year (either fully remotely or in a hybrid model), compared to just over 15 percent in the United Kingdom.

Using data from Eurostat and Statista, Remote also revealed that 65 percent of the working population in the Netherlands worked at least partially remotely in 2022.

The Netherlands is way out in front, with Luxembourg coming in second place with 54.4 percent, and Sweden third with 51.8 percent.

With the data collected in August 2022, Remote also made predictions about the proportion of remote workers for the top five EU countries for 2023.

The company predicts nearly 10 percent more workers will work remotely this year in the Netherlands – bringing the total to 73.5 percent, while Luxembourg’s share of remote or hybrid workers will rise to 60.6 percent, and Sweden to 56.4 percent. Ireland is predicted to see a large rise to 61.6 percent and Belgium to 56.1 percent.

Last summer, the Dutch parliament approved legislation to establish working from home as a legal right, making the Netherlands one of the first countries to grant remote working flexibility by law.

With the new legislation, employers must consider requests for remote working and provide a reason for denying it.

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