Almost half of UK employees worked from home in April

Almost half 46.6% of UK employees worked from home April 2020, according to the latest figures published by the office of national statistics.

The figures show that of those who did some work from home, 86.0% did so as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Of those who did some work from home, around one-third worked fewer hours than usual (34.4%), and around one-third worked more hours than usual (30.3%).

Women were slightly more likely to do some work at home than men, 47.5% and 45.7% respectively. While people aged 16 to 24 years were less likely to do some work from home than those in older age groups.

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London was foundas the area where people were most likely to have worked from home with more than half of people living in London (57.2%) doing so.

Occupations requiring higher qualifications and more experience were more likely to provide homeworking opportunities than elementary and manual occupations.

while just over one-third of workers living in the West Midlands (35.3%), and Yorkshire and The Humber (37.6%) did some of their work from home.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland saw broadly similar proportions of homeworkers (approx, 40%).

Finally, of those residents from London who did some work at home, 91.6% cited the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as their main reason for doing so. Conversely, the North East (76.6%) and the South West (79.1%) were the two regions where respondents were least likely to cite the coronavirus pandemic as the main reason for homeworking.

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