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Most employees expect to return to their normal place of work by early autumn, according to the latest data on homeworking attitudes by the Office for National Statistics.
Its Opinions and Lifestyle Survey found that 60% of individuals thought they would go back to their usual place of work over the next five months, with younger workers expecting a return earlier than their older colleagues.
Just over a third of workers (36%) between the ages of 16 and 29 expect to return in the next two months, compared with less than 30% of all other age groups, the ONS said.
Employees were more optimistic than business owners on a physical return to work: 37% of businesses expected more than 75% of their employees to be back at their normal place of work going forward, and 35% were unsure.
Of working adults currently homeworking, 85% wanted to use a hybrid approach of both home and office working in future.
Workers with higher incomes were more likely to expect a hybrid model, with 93% those earning more than £50,000 expecting a mix of home and office work, and 90% of those earning between £40,000 and £50,000. Almost a third of workers earning less than £10,000 expected to be in their usual place of work.
Businesses in information and communication were most likely to intend to increase homeworking in the future, with 49% stating this to be the case. Just over eight in 10 businesses in this sector still work mainly remotely, according to the ONS.
The sector least likely to be remote working is accommodation and food services, where just 7% of businesses allow staff to work from home.