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The growth of affordable broadband has seen increasing numbers of UK workers opt to work from home - a development that it is claimed could in turn aid the UK economy and boost productivity.

According to figures from the National Office of Statistics, around eight per cent of the UK workforce are "teleworkers" - that is to say, they use both a telephone and a computer in their daily employment.

Should this practice become the norm, it would, claims Phil Flaxton of Work Wise, prove a boon for the UK economy, enabling the workforce to match levels of productivity seen elsewhere in the world.

He told the Telegraph: "There are numerous reports indicating the UK's poor productivity compared with competitors. But we would not need to work such long hours, to the detriment of family and personal life, if we used the smarter working practices."

The potential for more flexible working practices in the UK is increased by the fact that the UK "leads the world in…affordable broadband connections" claims the Telegraph, which notes that 99.96 per cent of Britons have access to terrestrial broadband.

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