The Executive regulated teleworking in free zones, what will it be like?

The Executive regulated teleworking in free zones, what will it be like?

From September 2022, the Executive power had repealed the decree that hindered the telecommuting in free trade zone of the Uruguay, Starting this week, the government managed to regulate this measure that explains the conditions to implement it, as well as the condition of having a minimum number of employees.

Among the main modifications is the fact that, until now, the employees of the free trade zone They had to work 60% in person and 40% remotely. With the new regulations, this percentage can be modified by three different conditions.

The first of them depends on the distance from the employee’s home and their workplace, the second refers to the relevance of the investment decided by the company, while the third deals with the number of dependent personnel that the company has in the area. free zone.

With this, employees were allowed to divide their work schedules 55% in-person and 45% remotely if the distance between the employee’s home and the company is at least 200 kilometers between one and the other. other.

More changes

In the previous regime, in order to have the modality of telecommuting, The entire workforce of the interested company had to complete 1,000 hours per month in person.

While on the employee side, not everyone could access the scheme either: it only reached dependents who worked a full day, with a workload of no less than 25 hours per week.

With the new regulations, the condition that employees had to work that number of hours is eliminated, allowing part-time workers to access the benefit of the telecommuting.

Free zones generate more than 6% of GDP

The free trade zone represent more than 6% of the GDP, with a investment annual amount of 1,617 million dollars, which corresponds to 15% of the total Uruguayan economy, according to a study by Ceres which used data from 2021.

The survey also reflected that the regime, which turned 100 years old in 2023 and includes 1,000 companies, is key for the exports and covers 27%, while it is expected to have “significant growth” after the incorporation of UPM II.

About the impact of free trade zone in it GDP, Ceres considered that the future prospects “are promising, with the potential to maximize its economic impact if barriers and threats are mitigated.”

As for the Job positions, the regime generates 66,303 jobs, between direct (20,980) and indirect (45,323), benefiting sectors such as administrative services, commerce, professional activities, forestry and wood extraction.

The report also highlighted that they focus more on the young employment than the economy average, “with salaries more than three times higher and a greater preference for highly educated personnel.”

Source: Ambito

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