Only one-fifth of UK employees are still exclusively working from home.

This is according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who found that between the 24th and 30th August the number of people working from home was 20 per cent, this was down from 38 per cent in the middle of June.

The number of people now travelling to work has also been steadily increasing with 57 per cent saying they have travelled to work in the same August period. This is the highest level recorded since the UK went in to lockdown.

This comes as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on 02/09/20 said that the Government is working with the rail industry to create a flexible season ticket in a bid to get employees back in to the office.

Mr Johnson at Prime Minister Questions (PMQs) said:

 

Also, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that the number of job adverts in the UK continued to rise in late August, with the number of active job postings reaching 1.12 million in the last week of the month, with almost 107,000 new jobs being uploaded during the same week.

Still, Neil Carberry, chief executive of the REC does not believe these figures now mean that “we are out of the woods”.

Mr Carberry said:

But we can’t assume an upturn in hiring means we are out of the woods, given the likely scale of job losses this autumn as firms adapt to the new reality. Government needs to work with the jobs specialists of our world-leading recruitment and staffing sector to deliver support to jobseekers urgently and encourage firms to hire. Supporting jobs through a cut in employers’ National Insurance and more flexibility in training support would both help to increase hiring activity and, more importantly, build business confidence.