Working from home: Workers are more likely to work flexibly in London than anywhere else in the country: Andrea Verdelli/Getty
Nearly two out of every 10 workers in the UK are working exclusively from home, with London recording the highest levels of working from home in the country.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), some 16% of people worked exclusively from home and 28% reported working from home and traveling to and from work between September and January.
The data also revealed that workers in London are more likely to work flexibly than anywhere else in the country.
Four out of 10 residents in the capital have a mixed working pattern, both working from home and traveling to office. The second highest level of hybrid was operating in the East of England at 30%.
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Before the COVID pandemic, only one in eight working adults reported working from home.
Young workers are the least likely to work only from home (6%). 16- and 24-year-olds had the highest rates of traveling to work at 79%, while those aged 34 to 44 had the lowest rates at 48%.
Workers in the highest income band of £50,000 or more, those educated to degree level or above, and those in professional occupations were most likely to report home or hybrid working.
On the other side of the spectrum, only 14% of workers in the lowest income band with annual incomes of up to £10,000 reported home or hybrid working. Among those with the lowest incomes, three out of four traveled to work and could not work from home (75%), the highest rate across all income bands.
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Public sector workers reported higher levels of hybrid work (35%) than those in the private sector (26%). The private sector (50%) had a higher rate of workers who only traveled to work and could not work from home, compared to the public sector (42%).
Self-employed workers were more likely to work from home. Nearly one in three (32%) self-employed workers reported only doing homework, compared to 14% of employees.
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