Four in five jobs still do not advertise flexible working options despite the huge shift to home working during the pandemic, according to research by Timewise.
Employees are likely to be encouraged to remain working from home until at least Easter 2021, when it is hoped that a combination of a tighter "tier" system, further testing and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations will have "driven down" the coronavirus infection rate.
Boris Johnson has confirmed that people should work from home if they can in a statement to the House of Commons today. He also announced that retail and hospitality staff will be required to wear face masks among a series of tighter restrictions designed to curb rising coronavirus infection rates.
Office workers in the UK have been comparatively slow to return to their desks in relation to employees in Europe, now lockdown has eased.
More than three-quarters of City of London financial services workers feel they are at least as productive working from home during the lockdown as they were in the office with the lack of commuting commonly cited as a key reason.
Despite many workers saying they feel trusted and that employers have done well in implementing working from home over the past month, almost half of workers expect a return to limited flexible working policies once the coronavirus lockdown ends.
Acas has published new best practice guidance on working from home as more employers ask staff to avoid workplaces amid growing coronavirus concerns.
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