Telecommuting is becoming more common among IT professionals compared to five years ago, new research shows.

In a survey of 1,400 chief information officers, 44 percent said their company's IT workforce is telecommuting at a rate the same as or higher than five years ago, according to Robert Half Technology, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based technology-consulting firm.

According to Katherine Spencer Lee, the firm's executive director, enhanced connectivity tools and the proliferation of wireless technology allows IT professionals to have greater flexibility in their jobs and makes it easier for them to work away from the office.

The survey also found that among companies where IT employees telecommute, 34 percent of CIOs cited employee retention and morale as the greatest benefits. Another 28 percent of respondents said they saw increased productivity among employees due to the reduced commute time.

Published on: Jul 26, 2007