by Matt McCann
“ 75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 per year, putting them in the upper 8th percentile of all employees, home or office-based.”
The term ‘Digital Nomad’ was born in the late 1990’s as an academic term but began to be truly personified in the early 2000’s when increases in portable technology and a growing demand for flexible working life merged; forming this new working style.
Whether you are an innovative entrepreneur with an online business model, a remote worker whose main weapon is their laptop and a Wi-Fi router or a freelancer wishing to escape the office politics and water-cooler gossip, you may have already discovered the benefits of life as a remote worker. In reality, anyone can be a digital nomad. Over the past decade, a rising number of young professionals, primarily from the United States and Europe, have leveraged the use of technology to work remotely and live a nomadic lifestyle.
A forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum called flexible work, including virtual teams, “one of the biggest drivers of transformation” in the workplace, while a Gallup poll found that 37% of respondents have already worked virtually. 
So who are these Digital Nomads?
68% of Millennials said they were interested in working for a company that offered opportunities to work remotely and sought employers “that cultivate a flexible, fun, and casual work environment.” 
With 52% saying that “work-life balance was a significant factor in their search for post-graduation work” – often placing higher on the list of priorities than salary or a company’s status, it is not naïve to presume that the youngest working generation are capitalising on this new job market.
Although, in reality a typical remote worker is:
- University educated
- 45+ years old
- Earns an annual salary of $58,000
- Works for a company with more than 100 employees.
This statistic quashes the often-perceived stereotype and highlights the diversity of work that can be translated into a home-office environment.
Now for a review of the facts:
- 86% of telecommuters say they are more productive in their home office. (Telework Research Network (2012),
- 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels
- 30% said that telecommuting allowed them to accomplish more in less time,
- 24% of those surveyed said they were able to accomplish more in about the same amount of time.87% of remote workers feel more connected through the use of video conferencing.
- Companies with a telework program report 63% fewer unscheduled absences. (Telework Research Network (2012),
So if you are struggling to find equilibrium and that ideal work/life balance, want to improve your health, productivity and job satistafaction why not join the 2.2million people in the UK who have transformed their working life for the better.