Remote Work Drops Among Australian Employees

The rate of employees working from home in Australia has fallen. The news comes as more managers are setting staggered return-to-office mandates.

Workplace experts believe the rate of employees working from home may hold steady in 2024.

This was reported due to a skills shortage that may give employees power to decide where to work.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that 37% of people regularly worked from home during August.

This was less than the 40% reported in the same period in 2021 when more parts of the country were still in lockdown.

Dr Connie Zheng, Co-Director in the University of South Australia, says working from home will continue in 2024. Even if there is a rising demand for employees to work on-site due to the shortage in high-end skills and talent

 “This could only encourage those workers who are more likely to demand that flexible work arrangements, like working from home or remote working, be offered by their employers,” she said.

Employees would be more likely to return to the office to further their career progression

The ABS data revealed managers and professional workers are far more likely to regularly work from home (60%). That is compared to the workforce average (22%).

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