A new report shows a slight increase in people going back to work at least one day a week since schools reopened and increases in jobs being posted in all categories except legal.
Over half of employees in the UK travelled to work last week at least once last week, up 5% on the week before when schools reopened in England, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.
The ONS says the number of people who work exclusively from home also decreased by 6% on the week beginning 8th March and now stands at 30% of the working population.
The ONS also measured job postings based on figures from employment site Adzuna. It said job adverts were at 93% of their average level in February 2020, an increase of 5% from the first week of March. That is the highest volume of overall weekly job adverts observed on Adzuna since 12th March 2020.
Job postings were up in all categories except ‘legal’. The ‘transport, logistics and warehouse’ category saw the largest week-on-week increase in weekly online job adverts, up 23% compared to the first week of March and up 159% on its average level in February 2020. This was followed by the ‘domestic help’ and ‘energy, oil and gas’ categories, which both saw week-on-week increases of 10%.
Meanwhile, a report by the Bank of England reveals that despite the drift back to the office, new habits appear likely to remain a permanent feature of the economy, with 34% of the workforce expected to continue to work at least one day a week from home.
The BoE’s decision-maker panel of 8,000 Chief Finance Officers said that nearly half of workers were working from home last month, compared with 14% who worked at least one day from home before the pandemic. Overall, it said businesses expect 20% of hours to be worked remotely post 2022, compared to 43% in the first quarter of 2021 and 8% in 2019.