The mercury is rising – and so are searches for ‘mouse jigglers’ to shirk from home

The heatwave is coming – and with it a growing number of people working from home, looking for ways to trick their bosses into thinking they’re at their computers when they’re not.

Google Trends data showed that searches for “mouse jigglers” — devices that automatically move a cursor to make employees appear active even when they’re away from their desks — were four times as popular on Tuesday as they were last week.

Temperatures of up to 34C (93F) are expected in the UK this week – prompting fears employees are choosing to work from home to enjoy the good weather.

Last week, as the sun’s rays were punctuated by frequent heavy showers, internet searches for “mouse jigglers” seemed to dwindle. But as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the number of searches for such software was four times higher than the previous week.

Carl Howell, who sells a mouse movement device through his website Mouse Jiggler, said sales were up 51 percent month-on-month but stressed the device is helping people work more productively at home.

A spokesman for eBay said searches for “mouse jiggler” were up 19 percent from the previous month.

The Met Office issued a level two health warning on Tuesday. Dan Rudman, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said temperatures were unusually high for this time of year.

The temperature record in June is 35.6 °C (97.7 °F). He was last reached in Southampton on June 28, 1976 and also recorded in London on June 29, 1957. Weather: page 29 The mercury is rising – and so are searches for ‘mouse jigglers’ to shirk from home

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