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Telecommuters Are More Likely to Be Boomers

For those 65 and older in the workforce, the rate is 1.7 times that of the average employee

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Though millennials are seen as the ones adopting new practices at work, older workers are more likely to telecommute than younger ones.

Although millennials are often seen as the ones adopting new ways in the modern workplace, in at least one category of modern trends, boomers have an edge: Older workers, it turns out, are more likely to telecommute than younger workers.

A survey by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, “The State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce,” found that employees who are 65 or older are 1.7 times as likely to telecommute as the average worker — or 70 percent more likely. For those 55 to 64, the rate was 1.2 (20 percent more likely). But for 35-to-54-year-olds, it was only 1.1 — or 10 percent more likely than the average worker.

Half of telecommuters are 45 or older, the survey found, and 41 percent of all employees telecommute.

Among other findings in the survey:

  • Regular telecommuting has increased by 115 percent in the past 10 years, or 10 times faster than the workforce as a whole.
  • Average annual income for telecommuters is $4,000 more.
  • Employers in the New England and mid-Atlantic regions are the most likely to offer telecommuting options.
  • Telecommuters are generally more highly educated: 53 percent have at least a college degree, while that’s true of only 37 percent of non-telecommuters.
  • Those in the military or in the computer or mathematical fields are more than twice as likely to telecommute as those in the workforce as a whole.