Remote Working

Treasury written question – answered on 28th November 2022.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and proportion of people were working from home (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five days a week (i) as of 16 November 2022 and (ii) in November 2021; if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of trends in the number of people working from home on the economy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Exchequer Secretary

According to ONS Annual Population Survey and Opinions and Lifestyle Survey data, the pandemic resulted in an increase in the proportion of workers that worked at least partially from home: from an average of 19 per cent of workers across 2019 to a peak of around 50 per cent in June 2020. This proportion fell to 30 per cent in November 2021. The latest data indicates that 38 per cent of workers were working at least partly from home in the period between 26 October and 6 November 2022.

The long-term economic impacts of greater remote working are still highly uncertain. The Government is committed to supporting individuals and businesses to work flexibly.

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