UK working from home statistics 2022: official ONS data

The number of people working from home has more than doubled from pre-pandemic levels, according to official working from home statistics for the UK in 2022.

Data from the Office for National Statistics analyzed working from home levels between January and March 2022 and compared them to October to December 2019, before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Homeworking in the UK has more than doubled, from 14.5% of workers to 30.6%.

Scotland saw the largest percentage increase in working from home, the figure tripling (a 203.5% increase), while Northern Ireland saw the smallest percentage increase (56.4%) .

The regions with the highest percentage of home workers from January to March 2022 were London (37.0%, 1.9 million), the South East (36.9%, 1.6 million) and the East England (31.1%, 903,000).

The lowest proportion of homeworkers was observed in Northern Ireland (16.4%, 137,000), the North East (22.4%, 262,000) and Yorkshire and the Humber (26, 2%, 668,000).

The UK government first asked people to work from home if they could on March 16, 2020. Guidance and legal requirements on working from home varied across jurisdictions, but England , Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all ended the legal requirement to work from home at the end of January 2022.

The ONS analysis, which draws on data from its Labor Force Survey, categorized homeworkers as anyone who said their main place of work was their own home, the same land or building than his home, or who mainly worked in different locations using his home as a base.

The number of people who traveled to an area different from their region of residence for work fell by 26.1% in the UK. The decline occurred in all regions of the UK, but was greatest in London (-36.8%), the South East (-29.1%) and the East Midlands (- 21.2%).

Cheney Hamilton, CEO of flexible work recruiter Find Your Flex, said: “In today’s job market, one thing is certain: flexibility must be on the table if employers are to attract top talent.

“Job openings are at an all-time high, and employers who are increasing their ‘flexible appeal’ are offering training for these career transitions and work-from-home and flexibility options to experienced hires who are increasingly making it the request.”

Survey respondents were also asked if they worked at least one full day from home. In the UK, from January to March 2022, 14.3% of people who had not worked mainly since said they had worked from home at least one day during the reference week. This figure was highest in London (24.3%) and lowest in the East Midlands (9.1%).

Paul Clark, senior vice president of video conferencing provider Poly, said: “If organizations want to do hybrid ‘working’, they need to take a fresh look at the desktop – 77% of organizations are redesigning their desktops to add more open spaces, collaborative spaces and socializing spaces. Almost a third (30%) plan to reduce the number of offices.

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