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The study Mobility and pace of life of teleworkers in Paris, London and New York commissioned by Forum Vies Mobiles and carried out by BVA Xsight was carried out online between November 2023 and January 2024. Its conclusions were published in January 2024.

It presents the impacts of teleworking in the contexts of megacities (Paris, London and New York) , and highlights several aspects of this transformation of the world of work. It includes a sample of 14,895 active people, distributed equally between these megacities.

Teleworking in megacities 🏙️

• Widespread adoption of teleworking

Nearly half of workers telework at least once a month in the three large megacities studied, with 47% in Île-de-France and London, and 54% in New York.

• Frequency of teleworking

The vast majority of teleworkers (90%) adopt this practice on a regular basis, at least once a week.
In Île-de-France, teleworkers do on average two days of teleworking per week, while those in London and New York do three.

• Teleworking for half a day

This practice is more common in New York (41%) and London (28%), compared to only 9% for Ile-de-France residents.

• Teleworking location

While 89% of teleworkers in the Ile-de-France region work mainly from home, this figure drops to 75% in London and 67% in New York. In the latter cities, working from a second home or coworking space is much more common, with almost half of New Yorkers and a third of Londoners adopting this practice.

• Radical change in practices

The pandemic has transformed work habits. Before 2020, around three quarters of teleworkers had never worked remotely (79% in Île-de-France, 76% in New York, and 74% in London).

Impact of teleworking on the mobility of residents of megacities

As teleworking becomes an increasingly normative component of professional environments in large cities, its influence extends beyond just work practices to also redefine residential choices and urban lifestyles .

This development has significant implications for residential mobility and pushes employees to reconsider not only where they work but also where they choose to live .

Let's take a closer look at how these changes are affecting moving decisions in these large population centers.

Residential mobility 📦

• Moving projects

One in five Ile-de-France workers plan to leave Île-de-France in the next five years, which represents around 800,000 workers. Teleworking, without directly influencing home-work distances, makes it possible to expand residence and job search options.
40% of Ile-de-France residents who plan to move indicate that without teleworking, their project would have been different or non-existent.

• Impact of teleworking on moves

The moves of teleworkers reflect different trends: in Île-de-France, 35% have moved further from their office and 39% have moved closer, while teleworkers in London and New York are more inclined to move closer to their place of work. work after moving (47% in London and 65% in New York compared to 22% and 9% who moved away, respectively).

• Motivations for moving

The main reasons for moving are the search for larger accommodation, outdoor space, and a quieter environment; characteristics less present in the heart of large cities.

• New travel standards

Spending the night away from the main home on working days is more common in New York (62%) and London (47%) than among residents of the Ile-de-France region (26%). Additionally, it is common to stay two or more nights in the United States (74%) and England (61%), compared to only 49% in France for one night.

The impact of teleworking in megacities

Teleworking is emerging as a lasting component of the professional landscape, particularly in megacities, where it could significantly transform work dynamics. However, its long-term success will depend on the evolution of corporate policies, technological infrastructures and social norms in terms of work organization.

The findings of the study commissioned by Forum Vies Mobiles reveal a significant increase in the adoption of teleworking, but also highlight challenges in terms of equity and infrastructure.

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