Rise in people returning to their place of work

More than two-fifths of the UK adult working population are travelling to work, according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), as the country begins to emerge from lockdown.

The percentage of staff working exclusively from home has dropped too, which the ONS said marked a shift away from remote working. Working from home is still the safe and preferred option until the end of the pandemic and employers are having to weigh up the consideration of whether or not it is essential for people to return.

Separate figurespublished by the ONS also noted that the average number of hours worked per week dropped to below 30 from February to April 2020 for the first time since 1992, when the ONS started measuring this figure. The average number of hours worked per week during this period was 29.1.

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