Tuesday, May 24, 2022

More than four in five people want to continue flexible working

A new report from the Office of National Statistics suggests that most people who took up homeworking because of the coronavirus pandemic plan to work from home and in the workplace in a hybrid format in the future. People were asked about their future plans after government guidance to work from home when possible was lifted in England and Scotland - more than 8 in 10 who had to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic said they planned to hybrid work.

Data from its latest Opinions and Lifestyle Survey shows that the proportion of people hybrid working has risen from 13% in early February 2022 to 24% in May 2022. Meanwhile, the proportion who planned to return to their place of work permanently fell from 11% in April 2021 to 8% in February 2022.

More than a third of people earning £40,000 or more hybrid worked between 27 April and 8 May 2022 - those in this income group were the only ones for whom hybrid working was the most common working pattern. They were also more likely than other income groups to work from home exclusively.

Additionally, people aged 30 to 49 were the most likely to report hybrid working between 27 April and 8 May 2022, with 29% reporting doing so.

Overall, more than three-quarters of those who worked from home in some way said that being able to do so gave them an improved work life balance. Half reported it was quicker to complete work and that they had fewer distractions. Almost half also reported improved well-being. And looking at it from the other point of view, the proportion of businesses reporting using or intending to include homeworking as a permanent business model has increased slightly from 16% in autumn 2020 to 23% in early April 2022 - the most common reason for doing so was improved staff well-being (60%), followed by reduced overheads (43%) and increased productivity (41%).

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