Half of all active employees worked from home the first month of the closure
Almost half of the working people worked at some point in the first month of the closure, figures show.
The Office for National Statistics has mapped the impact of the coronavirus on people’s work habits.
Across the UK, 46.6 percent of people with jobs found doing some home work in April. 86 percent of these did this because of the pandemic.
Life lock: In the UK, 46.6 percent of people with jobs were working from home in April. 86 percent of these people did this because of the pandemic
More than half of the people in London – 57.2 percent – did some home work, due to the large number of people who work in higher-paid white-collar workers.
This compares to just over a third of workers in the West Midlands, a major manufacturing center.
While about a third (34.4 percent) of home workers did less work than usual, nearly a third (30.2 percent) did more than usual, and 35.2 percent did the exact same number of hours as before.
People between the ages of 16 and 24 had the least chance of working from home, mainly because so many are employed in sectors such as catering and retail.
Jobs that require a higher qualification and more experience include home work more often, with women working at home slightly more often than men.
Since the figures were collected in April, millions of people have returned to work as the closure has eased and construction sites, factories, shops and pubs have reopened.