Caerdydd city centre working 50% lower than before pandemic


Offices, Caerdydd (Image: Gwalia)

The number of people working in Caerdydd city centre is 50% lower than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by The Centre for Economic and Business Research.


Caerdydd had a lower share of workers back in the office than four other major UK cities— London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle.


Earlier this year, a study undertaken by Professor Alan Felstead for the Senedd's EIS Committee, revealed that the percentage of the Welsh workforce working from home had "increased considerably" since the start of the pandemic.


In January and February of 2020 only 4% of the Welsh workforce worked from home, by November that year the figure had increased to 25%.


The percentage working at home peaked during the first lockdown in April 2020 at 37%—

higher than the Welsh Labour government's long-term target of around 30%.

Welsh Labour's 2021 Senedd election manifesto promised to "change the way we work",

and set a target of 30% of the workforce working remotely in order to "achieve a better work-life balance."

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