Social restrictions that prevented or limited going to the work place affected Romania’s economy in a disproportionate way, when only 0.8% of occupied labor force in Romania usually worked from home last year, the last but one value in EU, according to a Social Monitor graph, a project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania.
“According to Eurostat, in 2019 only 0.8% of occupied labor force in Romania usually worked from home, the last but one value in EU and 6 times below EU average. Social restrictions which prevented or limited going to the working place affected Romania’s economy disproportionately,”a Foundation press release shows.
At EU level, in 2019, the Netherlands ranked first in point of labor force usually working from home, with 15%, followed by Finland (14.5%). The EU average was 5.5% and below that average there were the Czech Republic (4.6%), Romania (0.8%) and Bulgaria (0.4%).
According to the source, the free-lancers’ situation is not better. Usually, only 1.9% of people who had independent activities in Romania worked from home in 2019, that value being 10 times below the average recorded at EU level. For that chapter too, the Netherlands ranked first with 41.9% of free lancers working from home, followed by Finland (44.8%) and Czech Republic (20.6%). The EU average was 19.5%.