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Telecottages



Telecottages have been defined in a number of different ways. In essence they are places where the benefits of new information and communication technologies can be brought to local communities in a variety of ways, such as training, employment, the provision of information services etc.

The evidence to date suggests that telecottages have a rather small impact on employment, but may play an extremely valuable role in community development.

The 2000 EMERGENCE employer survey found that although 49% of establishments in Europe employing 50 or more people were using some form of eWork. only 0.3% of establishments in Europe were employing eWorkers based in telecottages or other remote non-domestic premises owned by third parties. For further details of this survey, go to the EMERGENCE website.

Several other publications by Ursula Huws discuss telecottages and summarise the existing evidence on their effectiveness and some of the measures which might help to support them. These are:

  • Teleworking: an Overview of the Research , ( Joint publication of the Department of Transport, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Environment, Department for Education and Employment and Employment Service, London, August, 1996, available free of charge from the DTI (tel: +44 171 215 1729)
  • Teleworking and Rural Development , (with Honey, S. and Morris, S.) Rural Development Commission, 1997 (click here for further details)
  • Follow-up to the White Paper- Teleworking , European Commission Directorate General V, September, 1994, also published as Social Europe, Supplement 3, European Commission DGV, 1995 and available in French and German as well as English.
By far the best source of information on telecottages in the UK is the Telecottage Association which also publishes a useful electronic newsletter as well as publishing the informative Teleworker magazine. You can find them on the Web on http://www.tca.org.uk

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