One in three Brits now works from home, with the number doubling over the pandemic to 10 million.
Between the last three months of 2019, and the first three months of 2022, the number of people who identified themselves as home workers jumped from 4.7 million people (14.5 per cent of the workforce) to 9.9 million people (30.6 per cent), according to analysis of the Labour Force Survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The ONS defines home workers as anyone who says their main place of work is their own home, the same grounds or building as their home, or different places with their home as their base.
In every region of the UK except the north-east, women switched to home working at a higher rate than men, and it was older millennials, those aged 30 to 39, who joined the home working revolution at the highest rate.
With around 32.7 million people employed in the UK in the three months to April 2022, the news figures mean that almost one in three considers themselves to be a home worker.
Responding to the figures, Dr Amanda Jones, lecturer in HR at King’s College London, told The Big Issue: “I think many people are surprised by this – but actually, our research indicates that in London it’s more like six in 10 that are still working from home. And figures from around the globe also show high numbers of people still working remotely.”