New research shows that the Netherlands has the highest proportion of remote workers in the European Union.
Due to COVID-19’s lockdowns and restrictions, companies have been forced to adopt flexible working policies as a result of the pandemic.
From the start of the pandemic in 2020 to the end of 2022, Remote, a global HR solutions company, has documented the rise in remote work across the European Union.
In the EU, 30 percent of workers worked remotely (fully or partially) last year, compared with just over 15 percent in the UK.
The Remote study also revealed that 65 percent of Dutch workers worked remotely at least partially in 2022, according to Eurostat and Statista data.
In second place with a 54.4 per cent share is Luxembourg, followed by Sweden with a 51.8 per cent share.
The following is a list of the ten EU countries with the most remote workers.
Source: Remote, Eurostat, Statista Source: Remote, Eurostat, Statista
Europe’s remote working capital
Data show that the Netherlands has four times more remote workers than the UK or the United States.
As a result of the Dutch parliament’s approval of legislation last summer, remote working became a legal right in the Netherlands.
As part of the new legislation, employers must provide a reason for denying requests for remote working.
Remote reports that the Netherlands already had a relatively high proportion of remote workers prior to the pandemic, with 28% working remotely, which at the time was one of the highest rates in the EU.