Telecom consolidated less than expected… Waiting for officials to reactivate it

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Teleworking that is “here to stay” has consolidated with much greater acceptance than before the pandemic, but less than expected, with 2.6 million people practicing it occasionally or regularly.

The Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda D.
The Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Daz, at the Congress of Deputies yesterday.Juan Carlos HidalgoEFE

COVID-19, the pandemic that crippled the economy in 2020, also made a positive impression showing that telecommuting is a reality that is much more tied to the ability to organize than to employee productivity. show that Attendance was not required 100% of the day The employment led to the conviction that telecommuting was here to stay. And it is, but to a lesser extent than expected.

Despite the possibilities, statistics show that It’s returning to the face-to-face modelThe report on the matter prepared by the Ministry of Economy based on data from the Active Population Survey (EPA) concludes, especially for the detriment of the usual modalities, which are carried out more than two days a week.

Telecom was recommended in BoE March 17, 2020 as the preferred working formula. More than two years have passed between the period of confinement in March 2020 and the present – the use of masks in closed spaces was no longer mandatory in last April.

yolanda diazoo, the Labor Minister had predicted that teleworking had come to a halt and in a certain way, but on a smaller scale than expected. In this period, telecommunications has gone from a revolutionary emancipation to being regulated by a new law and it turns out that it also has disadvantages.

The fact is that today the implementation of teleworking has increased significantly due to the pandemic. And although its practice has been reduced in recent quarters, 13.1% of the employed population – 26 lakh people – do so occasionally or regularly. That figure is 63% higher than at the end of 2019, when remote working was something most workers had never experienced on a regular basis.

In the study prepared by red.es- an organization related to economic affairs, it has been emphasized that Last year, 29% of the employed population believed that telecommuting would increase this year compared to the figures for 2021, When the effects of the third and fourth wave of covids advised health prudence. The trend towards teleworking has dropped from 16% to 13.1%, after many regions recommended vaccination and removal of masks for up to 90% of the population.

Profiles of people working remotely still mostly women and in the age group between 35 and 44 years When working remotely on a regular basis, ie more than two days a week. In this sense, self-employed are more likely to work remotely on a regular basis than wage earners who use more timely formulas and who are below the two-day-a-week limit.

by territories, Madrid is the community where teleworking is most prevalentWith 13.5% of the working population, significantly above Asturias (9%) or Catalonia (8.8%).

In the coming months, it will be possible to appreciate more precisely the extent to which telecommunications has been established in Spain without the umbrella of a health emergency and under the protection of a new legal framework.

Teleworking law states that this activity must be voluntary in both directions: neither can the employee demand to take advantage of it if the company does not offer it, nor can the company compel teleworking. Everything has to be settled in collective agreements, both in private company and in public administration, where the current negotiations of public function with unions andSet up telecommunications in your usual mode—three days—in the General State Administration (AGE), If implemented in the rest of the administrations, Spain would experience a strong increase in the current proportion of teleworkers.

The regulation’s biggest innovation was the obligation on the part of the company to assume part of the cost – electricity, connections, office automation… – that it assumes the employee has to take home from the office.

Sectors such as banking or the chemical industry have regulated it at the regional level, while in other activities the agreement within the agreement has moved into negotiation, the agreement for the provision of a computer (or tablet, laptop or similar), mobile provides. Sufficient data for shared connection with phone and computer and ergonomic chair (at worker’s request), as well as keyboard, mouse and screen along the line. Gross up to 55 euros per month as compensation for expenses incurred to the employee.

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