Boomers Take to Telework

April 9, 2012

The government often says it needs telework, hoteling and other flexible work options to recruit and retain the next generation of federal workers. While that is definitely a strong case to be made, a new study suggests younger workers are not at the heart of the independent working trend. In fact, it's more often seasoned workers who are requesting the nontraditional work options.

MBO Partners' Independent Workforce Index found that 30 percent of today's independent workforce -- those who work at least 15 hours per week in nontraditional full- or part-time jobs -- are Baby Boomers, while only 12 percent are members of the younger generation, or Generation Y.

The majority of independent Baby Boomers work at home (50 percent) or at client sites (22 percent), and most (83 percent) held traditional jobs before becoming independent. The average annual income of the independent Boomer is $77,000, the study found. 

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