The latest figures from ONS report 1.7 million employees mainly work from home in the UK. This figure rose to over 4 million in the week before lockdown.

Since the Government enforced lockdown rules in March, businesses had to adapt and meet the needs of employees working from home. For certain industries, this came easily with many having staff in a remote set up already.

Homeworking was more prevalent in London, the South East and the South West than the rest of the UK. When lockdown rules came into official effect, the percentage of those working from home in each location naturally increased, some more so than others.

Region Mainly work – own home (%) Work at home in the week prior to interview (%)
North East 3.5 8.2
North West 4.2 10
Yorkshire and The Humber 4.6 10.4
East Midlands 4.4 11.3
West Midlands 4.3 9.4
East of England 5.5 12.5
London 5.5 16.4
South East 6.8 17.6
South West 6.4 14.2
Wales 4.4 9.9
Scotland 4 8.3
Northern Ireland 3.8 7.7

In Wales, the uplift of those working from home in the week before the official lockdown was 125.00%. The total number of residents permanently working from home was 136,400, or 4.4 per cent of the region, January to December 2019 data shows.

During the week before lockdown, this figure jumped to 306,900.

Wales had an estimated 9.9 per cent people working remotely in the lead up to lockdown, placing 10th among all regions of the UK for flexible working.

Oriel Partners have explored the remote working format for each industry, age, gender and role title.

To view further information such as the remote flexibility of certain job titles, demographic information or location statistics on those working from home during lockdown, see the summary here.