Eurostat, Abruzzo lagging behind Italy. Brussels top in the EU
Lazio is one of the regions of the European capitals where teleworking has seen the greatest leap forward in the year of the pandemic. With an annual increase of 13 percentage points in the share of employees between 20 and 64 years of age who habitually worked from home in 2020, Lazio ranks above the European average growth of 7 percentage points compared to 2019. It emerges from the data of Eurostat on teleworking trends in the regions. Also increasing in Lombardy (+11 points) and Liguria (+10). Laggards are instead Abruzzo and Puglia (+5), followed by Calabria (+5.5).
In general, Eurostat points out that more and more people have started working from home following the introduction of Covid measures. In 2020, 12% of those employed in the EU usually worked from home, while this share had always remained constant at around 5 or 6% over the last decade.
The greatest absorption of work from home took place in the capital regions, with Brussels in the lead (an increase of 19 percentage points compared to 2019). In the three European regions with the highest share, one in four employees teleworked: they are Helsinki-Uusimaa in Finland (37%), the Province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium (27%) and Brussels itself (26%). In contrast, less than 5% of the workforce was usually at home in both regions of Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia and Bulgaria (only national data available), in the vast majority of regions of Hungary and Romania (except the capital) and Greece.