October 23, 2023
British workers who come into the office every day to work now outnumber those who spend part of the week working from home, for the first time since the end of pandemic restrictions, according to a new survey from recruitment firm Hays. Of nearly 15,000 white-collar staff and employers who took part in the poll last month, around 43 per cent said they were now working entirely from the office, up from 36 per cent a year earlier. Meanwhile the proportion of people who said they spend some time working from home, fell to 39 per cent from 43 per cent in 2022. Fewer than one in five now work entirely remotely.
Despite the increase in office attendance, bosses still aren’t satisfied. Almost a quarter of employers plan to ramp up staff attendance over the next 12 months, the survey suggests. “Organisations would prefer to have people in the office,” said Gaelle Blake, head of permanent appointments at Hays for the UK and Ireland. “But the workers themselves are saying that they wish to have flexibility.”