Three quarters of Britons who returned to office 'want to WFH'

Three quarters of Britons who returned to the office after Covid now want to work remotely, survey reveals

  • New research by SafetyWing reveals a post-pandemic boom of remote working 
  • Soaring utility and grocery bills are cited as reasons for the dramatic change  
  • 91% said working from home increased their job satisfaction and freedom
  • 86% of British workers looking for a new job say working remotely is a key factor 

Three out of four Brits who went back to the office to work post-pandemic now want to work remotely in order to save money as the cost of living crisis soars, new research has found. 

According to a survey by SafetyWing, which asked 4,500 people, 77% of Brits who recently started working in the office are ‘considering’ or ‘seriously considering’ working from home.

So valued is the option to work flexibly that one in five (20%) of respondents stated that they left their last job because they were not allowed to work remotely. 

From that figure, one third (29%) confessed they would have stayed in the role had the option been available.

The survey also revealed how 86% of British workers currently looking for a new job say the option to work from home is a key factor. 

From 4,500 respondents in the survey, 88% said they felt more productive and motivated while 62% said they felt less stressed 

SafetyWing’s survey found that the crippling cost of living crisis is forcing an increasing number of workers to ditch the office once and for all.

According to the study, those who have adopted a home-working lifestyle are ‘happier’ and better off financially since making the switch, with 57% admitting less expenditure is a plus point.   

Of those who no longer go to an office to work, almost half (46%) have been able to put away savings as a result.

Perhaps most shockingly, of the almost 4,500 respondents, 91% said working from home had increased their job satisfaction and given them more freedom.

Other benefits include more flexibility (93%) and heightened productivity (88%).

Increased motivation (88%) and less stress (62%) also made the list.

Millions of households across Britain have seen their energy bills spike in recent months and, according to SafetyWing, this is what is driving the demand for remote working

SafetyWing are providers of travel insurance designed for remote and nomadic workforces.

Sondre Rasch, co-founder and CEO of SafetyWing, said: ‘Remote work is the biggest paradigm shift of our generation. 

‘The pandemic accelerated the trend and now the cost-of-living crisis is driving even more people to explore the benefits of more flexibility and autonomy.

‘SafetyWing is a fully remote company, so in addition to building a global social safety net for the remote worker, we aim to provide the best information out there, on taking the leap towards a nomadic, “borderless” lifestyle.’

Other interesting findings from the study revealed that of those who have already made the switch to remote work, 85% are “optimistic” about the future of their career.

This is pertinent against the backdrop of 2021’s Great Resignation, with many workers seeking higher salaries to offset a spiralling cost of living. 

86% of British workers currently looking for a new job have said working remotely is a key factor  

Those surveyed named the following as the biggest benefits of being able to work remotely: the introduction of digital nomad visas.

Now offered in 40 countries worldwide, this has made many workers’ dreams of running a ‘borderless’ business possible.

But the ability to work from paradise is not the only benefit reported by those who have taken the leap to a nomadic lifestyle, as almost half (44%) report increasing their income as a result.

And, of these, 46% have also been able to save more money since making the switch, due to the ability to work from destinations where the cost of living is significantly lower than that of their home country.

SafetyWing’s Borderless microsite exists to provide the most up-to-date information for the global workforce including nomadic visas, travel restrictions and Covid and vaccination status per country.

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