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.
Mr Johnson at Prime Minister Questions (PMQs) said:
We are working at pace with rail companies to try to deliver new products in terms of ticketing to ensure not just better value, but also enable people to get back to work in a flexible way.
Whereas Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) saying that due to the lack of workers in offices, UK city centres have become “ghost towns” and urges the Government and employers to encourage staff back to their workplace.
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.