Remote working via the internet could boost South Africa’s economy by R17 billion annually, according to a study.
Mobile workspace solutions company Citrix and the London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) have studied the potential economic impact of a ‘work from anywhere’ culture in South Africa.
Just over 1 250 South Africans took part in the survey with respondents representing knowledge workers such as architects, software engineers, lawyers, doctors, accountants and academics.
Chief findings of the study indicate that remote working via the internet could add 0.4% to gross domestic product and cut commuting costs by R39.5 billion.
Workers could then also save 320 million hours spent travelling to and from work annually, according to the study.
“More interesting for me was the focus on flexible working potentially enabling employers to tap people that have skills; people who are currently not engaged economically or economically active because they can’t work in a formal workspace,” Brendan McAravey, country manager of Citrix South Africa, told Fin24. “For example, a large portion of that is housewives or househusbands,” he said.