Aberdeenshire residents still working from home

Fewer Aberdeenshire residents are working from the office than they were before the coronavirus pandemic despite most restrictions coming to an end, latest figures suggest.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 6:41 am
A number of residents in Aberdeenshire are still continuing to work from home.
A number of residents in Aberdeenshire are still continuing to work from home.

The Institute for the Future of Work research unit said Covid-19 rules led to a rise in homeworking across the UK, and many people are keen to maintain the benefits of working flexibly.

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The most recent figures show activity in workplaces in Aberdeenshire in the working week to April 1 was 24 per cent lower than during a five-week baseline period recorded before the coronavirus pandemic.

This was up from 25 per cent below normal in the five days to March 25.

In Scotland, work from home guidance ended on January 31.

Activity in workplaces across the UK was 26 per cent below normal in the most recent week's data – a figure which has remained around the same level since early March.

Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between March 16 and 27, 12 per cent of British adults worked exclusively from home, 57 per cent travelled to work everyday and 14 per cent did a combination of both.

The IFoW, an independent research and development institute, said lockdown restrictions acted as a catalyst for more remote work, with some employers and employees keen to retain the benefits.

A spokeswoman for the group said it provides the opportunity to work from anywhere, at anytime, and the ability to spend more time with families – but individual home working conditions matter significantly.

She added: "Our research finds that individual preferences vary hugely, with some missing the everyday social interactions of a shared work space and experiencing an increased blurring of work-life boundaries.

"Since experience of homeworking varies enormously, it is important for employers to meaningfully consult with their employees on a regular basis about home working in order to minimise risks."