There has been a 159% increase in this type of working

Everybody’s working from home – and if your boss won’t let you, show them this. Telecommuting increased 159% between 2005 and 2017, according to an analysis of the American Community Survey by Global Workplace Analytics, and FlexJobs.

The report defines “telecommuters” or “remote workers” as people who are not self-employed (meaning, they work for a company) who work primarily from home at least half of the time. It does not include freelancers, business owners or entrepreneurs as part of its definition.

An estimated 4.7 million people in the U.S. currently telecommute, an increase from 3.9 million in 2015. And 3.4% of the total workforce are remote workers, up from 2.9% in 2015.

“Talent shortages are fueling the growth of workplace flexibility right now because not only is it one of the most sought-after benefits among job seekers today, it also expands the talent pool by allowing employers to hire the best and the brightest from around the world,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics.