Study: Telecommuting is worth a pay cut, especially for men


Several surveys have found people are willing to take a pay cut in order to have the flexibility to work remotely. Now, a new survey is confirming these findings –- but with a twist.

Flexible jobs site Momcorps asked 1,071 working Americans about flexible working and work-life balance. And like Dice and Staples before it, the site found that a significant percentage would take a smaller paycheck in exchange for flexibility. 42 percent of respondents said they would be willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work. On average they’d accept a six percent cut.

So is there any news here? The basic fact that flexibility has monetary value to workers may not be new, but one survey finding may surprise you. If you imagine that those most desperate for flexible work are frantic mothers scrambling to meet their home commitments, think again.

Actually, working men (12 percent) were twice as likely as working women (6 percent) to say they would give up more than 10 percent of their salary for more flexibility at work. In addition, equal percentages of both fathers and mothers (82 percent) thought flexible working would make them better parents and only half of working parents of both genders said they worked a traditional nine-to-five day.

Flexible working is worth money then, and not just to mothers.

Image courtesy of Flickr user erin.kkr, CC 2.0.


Shaleen Shah

I guess this only shows that no amount of money can pay for quality life with your loved ones, or things you love… and six percent I guess, is a small amount to justify that, other than getting the perks of avoiding commuting hassles and having the flexibility to work outside the office. It’s a win-win for me..

Ina Sordidworld

Men are willing to take a 6 percent pay cut because they earn 23 percent more than women.

Gary Merinstein

Been there; hated it. Give me a real office where i can focus, away from home every day. I just love how all those who suck at the Fortune 100’s teats (that’s clean, isn’t it?) keep coming up with ways to cut salaries and make the loss of income sound like a benefit.
Any way you word it, if you cut someone’s income you are not doing them a favor (“quality of life benefits” are just more doubletalk), especially during a depression when the cost of living is increasing daily.


Don’t work from home… it’s isolating and inspires 0 creativity. Co-working spaces are the was e of the future.

As urban areas become increasingly congested, workers will look to third spaces within their communities to focus and interact with other professionals.

Frank Bulk

I believe that one of the reasons that a lower percentage of women wanted to work at home is that they physical distance from the demands at home.

Pete Dooley

I am constantly amazed at how many uber tech companies want to employ you if you move to New York or San Jose. I own a small web/social media company. I get started at 4-ish in the morning (no interference). I drop back in several times during the evening and night. I finish products. Have any corpos learned of Skype? There is a false premise that tech is somehow cutting edge.


Why would you take a pay cut? Do you know how much money they save by not providing office space? My wife has telecommuted for years and she is paid just as well (if not better, because she’s that good) as her office bound teammates. 17 or her 28 global group ‘work from home.’ Her boss is in a skyscraper in New York City.

She would not take a penny less than her worth.


If, for example, you make 50K a year and you take a 6% cut, that’s $3000. If you commute and spend a full tank of gas a week on driving, that $3000 right there is offset by work driving. Throw in some extra money spent on that extra suit or dress shoes or khakis for work, etc, it adds up.

And if you really want to get down with the money savings, we all know it’s cheaper to make food at home than to go out for lunch in the office.

So, for *some* people, the paycut offsets expenses they wouldn’t have, and adds flexibility.

So, you know, intelligent discussion and all that… not meant as a flame but offering a differing opinion.

Tony Camilli

The depressing thing is that study after study confirms the benefits of flexible work arrangements, telecommuting, etc. yet so few companies adopt these practices.


The majority of people working from home are in fact working with their children, or pets in their laps, playing music that couldn’t be played at work, who knows – maybe cross dressing or wearing a superman costume because that is how they want to express themselves. As long as they are producing quality work and meeting project deadlines there shouldn’t be anything wrong with people having to do WHATEVER they want to do. I think the picture of the dad with the baby in his lap is awesome and would love to do this myself.


Maybe I’m picking nits, but did you really have to use a picture of a guy working from home with a baby on his lap? This is exactly the stereotype of telecommuters that make it hard to convince management that we’re not all sitting at home goofing off.

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