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As Google looks to review the wages of its homeworking staff in the US, could we see the same happen with UK employers? Simon Whitehead looks at the issues.
As businesses continue to navigate the return to the office, many employers are reflecting on what the future holds for their operational models, with many looking to make hybrid working a permanent fixture.
Controversially, the uptick in remote working has caused some businesses to reflect on whether payrolls should be adjusted to match new working habits and the reduction in commuting costs shouldered by employees.
One MP recently stoked the debate by suggesting that civil servants that worked from home have had a de facto pay rise, and did not deserve the same pay, terms and conditions as those who physically came into work.
And in the latest development, Google has signaled that its US-based employees who opt to work from home permanently may be in line for a pay cut, prompting questions around what the future of pay looks like. It is also begs the question as to whether a similar move by a UK employer is imminent.
Possible and probable?
Historically, wages in the UK have not been determined by where an employee lives or where they work, but on their skills and the work they deliver. Other than London weighting, location has therefore rarely been part of the consideration around what pay levels are set for a role.