22 Remote Working Stats During COVID-19

Henry Bevan, May 27, 2020

Even before Covid-19, workplaces were going to embrace remote working like never before.

During 2018 and 2019, more people were working from home once or twice a week, spending their time away from the office to get on with the nitty gritty of their job -- making strategies, doing admin tasks and generally keep churning out work. Long term jobs easily interrupted by office distractions.

IT companies are normally at the forefront of remote working, and ITEC is no different. With customers spread across the UK, we have to support and service on the road, in and out of offices, and in communicating between offices in Truro and London.

However, COVID-19 has changed the UK’s business landscape. The pandemic has forced many remote working laggards to jump on board. Working from home could remain the norm until the end of year.

Bosses are no longer concerned about their staff productivity while they work from home and with frequent video calls on collaboration software like Microsoft Teams give workers excellent visibility. Remote working is bigger than ever.

With this in mind, let’s look at how COVID-19 has impacted businesses and remote working.

22 Remote Working Stats in COVID-19

How Has the Remote Working Landscape Changed

  • On average, 48% of all employed UK adults are working from home (ONS)
  • This is an increase from 12% on the year before (ONS)
  • 95% of homes have access to superfast broadband (OFCOM)
  • 25% of male workers have been asked to work from home between 14-17 May (ONS)
  • 15% of female workers have been asked to work from home in the same period (ONS)
  • 45% of workers believe their employer will shift to remote working after the COVID-19 pandemic ends (O2)
  • 81% of employees think they will work from home at least once a week going forward (O2)

What Remote Working Tools Are Remote Workers Using

  • 26% of workers are using video calling software for the first time since they started working from home (O2)
  • 11% are now using cloud storage software (O2)
  • 12% of workers are using new document sharing and collaboration software (O2)
  • 90.7% of remote workers say they would not be able to work from home without a computer or a telephone (ONS)

Remote Worker Behaviour

  • 49% of home workers believe it enables them to find better ways to do their jobs (Institute of Employment Studies)
  • 62% of remote employees believe they are more productive now that they can fit work around their day (Institute of Employment Studies)
  • 33.3% of employers believe employee engagement in now higher than it was before the pandemic (XpertHR)
  • 85% of employers are now using social media to reach out to remote workers and customers (ONS)

Remote Working Opportunities

  • 53% of employees in the information and communication industry can work from home (ONS)
  • Only 10% of employees in the accommodation and food services industry can work from home (ONS)

Remote Working Challenges

  • 19% of employees have suffered from loneliness since working from home (Finder)
  • 62% of remote workers want their companies to provide better technology for when they are working from home (Finder)
  • 17% of all remote workers are struggling to work from home (ONS)
  • More than 18 million malware and phishing attacks have been blocked by Google every day since the pandemic started (BBC)
  • The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) took down more than 2,000 COVID-19 scams in April 2020 (NCSC)

Navigating the Remote Working Future

Whether you have one office or several, remote working is here to stay. If you need to prepare your offices, give your remote workers the technology they need or just looking to embrace more flexibility, get in touch with your local account manager and start your journey...

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