One in three Scots to work at home though output dips
Home working is now permanent for 10% of employees
One in three office-based employees in Scotland will continue to work from home for at least part of the week post-pandemic in a major shift in employment patterns.
The transition to more home working will become more established even though firms say it has negatively impacted on productivity.
Just over 34% of businesses either have or will permanently reduce their office footprint.
In the long-term, businesses expect that almost two in three staff who previously only worked in the workplace will continue to do so. More than one in five will work part-time at home and part-time in the workplace, and about one in 10 staff will work from home full time.
The data emerges in the latest Addleshaw Goddard Scottish Business Monitor report which found that of 500 firms quizzed 60% reported that Brexit had no impact on their ability to find staff, even though half had vacancies, of which 77% said they were finding it difficult or very difficult to fill.
Accommodation & food services was the sector reporting the most difficulty in filling vacancies due to Brexit, with 60% reporting negative impacts. This was followed by IT & Communications (46%) and Professional, Scientific and Technical (43%).
Just under half (42%) of businesses said their debt burden had increased during the period of the pandemic; 12% of reporting businesses said that their debt had decreased during the period of the pandemic, with 1 in 4 business saying that it had decreased by a large amount, and 55% reporting a moderate reduction.
Business activity has risen in Scotland as the wider economy continues to reopen.
The Business Monitor report – published in partnership with the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute – indicates that businesses are optimistic about their volume of business, employment levels and turnover over the next six months.