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Homeworking up by two-thirds during lockdown, figures show

The proportion of people working from home in Peterborough rose by around two-thirds, according to new figures.
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Working from home rose in Peterborough in 2020 due to lockdowns - but not as much as in other parts of the country

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that around 19,600 people (20.6%) worked from home at some point in the week they were surveyed, out of 95,251 employed in the Peterborough local authority. 

Comparatively, over the same period in 2019, around 11,900 workers (12.5% of total employed) said they'd worked at home at some point that week, an increase of around 64%.

In 2019, around 5,000 people said they mainly worked from their own homes. This rose to around 8,400 in 2020 - representing a rise of 67%.

24% of people in Huntingdonshire said they'd worked from home at some point in the week they were surveyed, compared to only 16.7% in Fenland. In Cambridge, 44.3% of people were at least occasionally working from home.

The data showed that more people worked from home in London than in Peterborough, with 46.4% of people employed in the capital saying they worked at home at some point in 2020.

The study also revealed that 70.7% of people in Richmond-upon-Thames said they had worked at home during the pandemic, while only 13.7% of workers in Middlesbrough reported that they had worked from home in the same period.

Large parts of the workforce were stuck at home during periods of furlough, as large parts of the economy were forced to shut their doors during the pandemic.

Among people who continued to work, slightly more women worked from home across the whole of the UK, at 26.3%, compared with 25.5% of men.

People working in information and communication roles were among the most likely to work from home, with 69.2% of these employees saying they had worked at home.

Meanwhile, those working in the accommodation and food service sector were among the least likely to homework, with just 11.4% of people saying they had worked at home.

These ONS figures were calculated using information from the January to December Annual Population Survey, conducted for 2020.