The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented shift towards full-time homebased work for a significant proportion of the workforce. With this homebased working ‘experiment’ hailed as a success by many organisations and offering opportunities for long sought-after flexibility, it seems likely that greater degrees of homeworking will remain across the board. It is inevitable that such radical changes to the organisation of work will impact the future relationship between the labour process and the domestic sphere.
Since May 2020, this research funded by UK Research and Innovation, has been using surveys and repeat interviews to study in-depth the experiences of home-based workers across the UK. most recent survey was conducted in January and February 2021, when many people worked from home amidst the challenges of the latest nationwide lockdown. One of the prominent themes in this survey of 1000 home-based workers highlighted the disproportionate impact of these circumstances on women.