UK company survey shows home-working to quintuple by 2025

LONDON (AFP) – Working from home in Britain is expected to quintuple by 2025, intensifying a trend turbo-charged during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study by consulting firm Deloitte published on Friday.

After surveying 90 financial directors drawn from some of Britain’s biggest companies, it found the global health crisis had “triggered fundamental and lasting changes in business”.

As many as 98 per cent of those questioned predicted a rise in home-working in the coming years, while more than three-quarters expect the government’s current order to work from home to continue through the first half of this year.

Almost 60 per cent expected the curbs on going to workplaces to be permanently lifted in the third quarter, as the country’s COVID-19 mass-vaccination programme progresses.

The government imposed a third stay-at-home lockdown this week after a surge in infections linked to a new strain. It intends to review the measures in mid-February.