Office patterns

A third would take pay cut to work remotely full-time

remote working

Older workers want to work remotely

One in three UK workers (35%) would accept a pay cut in exchange for working permanently away from the office, according to new research.

However, it found a big age split, with older workers more likely to favour remote working and greater flexibility.

Younger workers are more enthusiastic about returning to offices, probably because they are more likely to live alone, or feel it is more important to their career prospects to be more visible.

Older workers are often past worrying about promotion and want to slow down.

The survey by jobs firm Reed found that almost a third (32%) of younger workers aged between 18 and 34 want more office-based working compared to less than one in 10 (8%) employees over the age of 45.

Almost one in five workers (19%) said they felt their employer was not flexible enough when it came to working from home, according to the survey of 2,000 UK employees.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in the summer that young people would help their careers by working in the office and that they risked missing out on building skills and work relationships if they worked from home.

Bank of England policy maker Catherine Mann recently warned that women who work from home may suffer in their careers, as online communication cannot replicate the spontaneous office conversations that are important for recognition and advancement in many workplaces.

She pointed to difficulty accessing childcare and COVID-related disruption to schooling as reasons why many women were continuing to work from home, while men returned to the office.

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