Scilly’s Home Working Could Be Good For Our Economy

hugh town from garrisonHugh Town is one of the top three coastal ‘hot spots’ in England for home working. And a new report from the Office of National Statistics suggests it could be good for our economy.

Data reanalysed from the 2011 census shows that 30% of people work from home in Scilly’s largest settlement.

That puts us joint third with the Somerset town of Porlock, among small coastal communities with less than 20,000 inhabitants,

Only Lynton in Devon on 35% and Tintagel in Cornwall, at 33%, have a higher proportion.

The report was produced to help the government understand why coastal towns seem to suffer from higher levels of unemployment and deprivation than many inland areas.

But while that may be true for larger towns, the analysis showed that some smaller seaside communities, often in picturesque areas in the South West, are bucking that trend.

Hugh Town has an employment rate of 88% while Lynton’s is 79%. That suggests that home working could be good for the economy, especially in areas that are remote and difficult to commute to.

Increased use of the internet to conduct business from home may be adding to the trend.