At lunchtime on a Thursday you would expect Manchester’s Spinningfields commercial district to be lively, but last week, the main plaza was deserted as Paul Elliot waited for clients to arrive for a meeting. As with a number of towns and cities around the UK, many of its white collar staff have joined the army of those working from home rather than trekking into the office.
Elliot, 47, on a business trip from his home on the outskirts of Birmingham, is one of them. Having ditched his gruelling commute to an office in London, the financial services salesman now works from home four days a week.
“It has revolutionised my life,” he enthused. Working from home also allows Elliot to shift his work schedule. Sometimes