Because of rising fuel costs, more individuals are wanting to be able to work from home again, according to new study.
In a study of over 3,000 workers, nine out of ten want more remote work as a result of the rising cost of living.
Randstad, a staffing firm, said its results were prompted by recent significant hikes in the price of petrol and diesel. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s recent announcement of a fuel duty decrease, according to CEO Victoria Short, has failed to reduce expenses.
“Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Energy Agency recommended its members introduce emergency measures to restrain demand, including working from home. Well, workers here are ahead of the game. The rise in fuel prices is a much bigger blow to workers in Northern Ireland and Wales than to those in London – Londoners have public transport options, subsidised by the British taxpayer, that aren’t available in other parts of the country. For people who have to drive, being hit by massive fuel bills to travel to work, while seemingly subsidising London’s transport infrastructure must feel pretty painful. If the government wants to encourage people back to the office and open up city centres, it needs to look at cutting VAT on petrol and diesel.”Victoria Short, CEO, Randstad UK
Fuel price rises have made people even more averse to commuting. Cutting down long commutes was one of the biggest reasons to embrace remote work for many people. From traffic jams and unnecessary wastage of time, commute was one of the disadvantages of working from office and now with fuel price rises even more so. Remote work continues to get pushed up as the preferred model of work.
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