Percentage of people working from home has "increased considerably" since start of pandemic


Plasturton Gardens, Caerdydd (Image: Gwalia)

The percentage of the Welsh workforce working from home has "increased considerably" since the start of the pandemic according to a study undertaken by Professor Alan Felstead for the Senedd's EIS Committee.


In January and February 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%.


Labour's 2021 Senedd election manifesto promised to "change the way we work, rather than commuting to the office every day we will seek a 30% target for working remotely to achieve a better work-life balance."


The analysis also revealed that 56% of Welsh workers said that they are unable to work from home— considerably higher than anywhere else in Scotland or England.


The ability to work from home was highest in urban areas such as Caerdydd, Abertawe, and Casnewydd, but lower in more industrial areas such as the Valleys.

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