Just 6 per cent of the UK population are currently working remotely, new survey data reveals. The data, which was commissioned by Digital Adoption and polled a nationally representative sample of over 10,000 UK residents, revealed that just 1 in 21 Brits (5.97%) are spending their workdays in the comfort of their own homes.
Twice as many Brits are fully office-based or hybrid. 1 in 10 (10%) are in the office each day; similarly, 1 in 9 (11%) are working hybrid.
The poll also revealed that those who are 25-34 are most likely to be working remotely, with 1 in 3 (32%) being in this age bracket. 1 in 4 are in the 35-44 age bracket (24%), while those who are 18-24 are least likely to be remote working - with just 1 in 20 (5%) falling into this category.
Those in the Southeast are most likely to be working remotely - 1 in 5 Brits (18%) with a work-from-home lifestyle reported they reside in this region. Those in Wales were least likely to be home workers, with just 1 in 36 (3%) able to report they are both Welsh and fully remote.
Overall, 1 in 9 (10%) Brits are splitting their time between the office and their homes during the working week. More women than men are working hybrid, with just under 1 in 2 (62%) being female and around 1 in 3 (38%) being male.
Londoners are most likely to be working a hybrid model, far outweighing other parts of the UK. 1 in 4 (23%) City-based office workers only go in a few times a week, while only 1 in 28 (3.5%) are doing this in the Northeast of England.
Rotem Gal, CEO of Digital Adoption said, “these figures indicate that Brits are increasingly returning to the office, whether it’s part-time or full-time. There are a few reasons why this trend could be happening.
“Recent data from the ONS indicate that there has been a 3 per cent rise in loneliness across the UK since 2020. 5 per cent of Brits reported feeling lonely often or always in April and May 2020, and this figure had risen to 8 per cent in the period of March to April 2023.
“Working in the office, full-time or at least part-time, can help to ease these feelings as you are surrounding yourself with other people and in-person conversations. Being fully remote can lead to higher levels of productivity, but there’s no replacement for conversation with colleagues in real life.
“It’s interesting that those who are aged 18 to 24 are least likely to be remote working, while the older generation is also more likely to be office-based. Again, there are a few theories as to why this pattern has emerged.
“As employers try to encourage workers back to the office in the aftermath of pandemic working patterns, those who are young and applying for their first jobs may not be given the option to work in hybrid or remote setups. However, there have also been recent studies indicating that Gen Z both value and benefit more from office environments.
“Older people may be more accustomed to being based in an office, as they would have spent decades commuting in before the pandemic. Therefore, these habits will be harder to break than those who have spent a decent portion of their professional lives working hybrid or remote.”