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AiroAV Stated: Phone data shows only a handful of workers are commuting in…

Phone data shows only a handful of workers are commuting in...

AiroAV Stated: Phone data shows only a handful of workers are commuting in…


Phone data has revealed that only a handful of workers are commuting into the UK’s mostly-deserted big cities. 

However, journeys to smaller towns seem to be picking up and returning to similar levels as pre-lockdown. 

The data showed that Edinburgh was the city which saw the least workers return to its streets with just 12 per cent footfall when compared to pre-lockdown levels.  

Only one in eight workers in London has returned to the office in July, compared to nearly 50 per cent in Basildon, Essex.

Research by the Centre for Cities think tank shows the majority of office workers across the country have been unwilling to return so far. 

Boris Johnson’s announced an aim for a ‘significant return to normality’ by Christmas this week but the findings of a recent survey have shown that the majority of workers in the UK don’t want to get back to the office. 

 

Nearly nearly two-thirds of home workers were anxious about returning to the office and a similar proportion want to continue working from home in some capacity even when the coronavirus pandemic ends. 

It comes as: 

  • Just one in eight workers in London have returned to the office this month, compared to 50 per cent in Basildon
  • Boris Johnson encouraged workers to ‘get back to the office’ but a survey found that two-thirds want to stay home
  • Workers are anxious about returning to the office and want to continue working from home even after pandemic
  • 800 of Goldman Sachs’s 6,000 London staff have returned, while fewer than 2,000 of the 12,000 at JP Morgan are back 
  • Rail services revealed earlier this week that they are operating at just 16 per cent capacity
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this morning told BBC Breakfast there is more space on public transport and encouraged people to use it to go back to work 

Andrew Carter, of Centre for Cities, told The Times: ‘Many office workers understandably will continue to work from home even as Covid-19 restrictions lift, and whilst this may well be the right decision for them as individuals, for the national economy the sum of these decisions will have a cost.  

Dr Loke's analysis shows that 'all settings' deaths (red bar) remain very high in England even as hospital deaths (blue bar) - which the Office for National Statistics says should make up two thirds of the total - have plummeted

Dr Loke’s analysis shows that ‘all settings’ deaths (red bar) remain very high in England even as hospital deaths (blue bar) – which the Office for National Statistics says should make up two thirds of the total – have plummeted

 

HOW HAS THE R RATE CHANGED IN THE UK?

AREA

ENGLAND  

UK

EAST 

LONDON

MIDLANDS

NORTH EAST 

NORTH WEST

SOUTH EAST

SOUTH WEST 

THIS WEEK

0.8 – 1.0

0.7 – 0.9

— 

0.8 – 1.0

0.8 – 1.1

0.7 – 1.0

0.7 – 0.9

0.7 – 1.0

0.8 – 1.0

0.7 – 1.1

LAST WEEK 

0.8-1.0

0.7-0.9 

 

0.7-1.0

0.7-1.0

0.7-0.9

0.7-1.0

0.7-1.0

0.8-1.0

0.7-1.1 

 

HOW HAS THE GROWTH RATE CHANGED? 

AREA

ENGLAND 

UK

EAST 

LONDON

MIDLANDS

NORTH EAST 

NORTH WEST

SOUTH EAST

SOUTH WEST 

THIS WEEK 

-4% to 0%

-5% to -1%

— 

-5 to +1%

-3 to +2%

-5% to -1%

-5% to -1%

-6% to -1%

-4% to 0%

-6% to +2%

LAST WEEK   

-4% to -1%

-5% to -2%

— 

-4% to +1%

-5% to +1%

-6% to -2% 

-5% to -1%

-5% to -1%

-4% to 0%

-6% to +1% 

 

‘City-centre shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés build their businesses around catering to weekday office workers. 

‘So people working from home means job losses in the retail, hospitality and culture sectors.’

What percentage of city workers returned to the office on average on July 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 compared to pre-lockdown? 

  1. Basildon 49
  2. Blackburn 47
  3. Mansfield 47
  4. Birkenhead 40
  5. Newport 39
  6. Northampton 39
  7. Worthing 37
  8. Wigan 37
  9. Chatham 37
  10. Stoke 37
  11. Blackpool 35
  12. Aldershot 34
  13. Crawley 33
  14. Doncaster 33
  15. Burnley 32
  16. Gloucester 31
  17. Southend 30
  18. Small city average 30
  19. Derby 30
  20. Exeter 30
  21. Peterborough 30
  22. Slough 29
  23. Sunderland 29
  24. Wakefield 29
  25. Luton 29
  26. Plymouth 28
  27. Middlesbrough 28
  28. Ipswich 28
  29. Hull 27
  30. Bournemouth 27
  31. Warrington 26
  32. Aberdeen 26
  33. Telford 26
  34. Barnsley 25
  35. Bradford 24
  36. Brighton 24
  37. Medium city average 23
  38. Norwich 23
  39. Cambridge 22
  40. Preston 22
  41. York 22
  42. Swindon 21
  43. Swansea 21
  44. Huddersfield 20
  45. Portsmouth 20
  46. Milton_Keynes 20
  47. Bristol 19
  48. Sheffield 19
  49. Coventry 19
  50. Reading 19
  51. Southampton 19
  52. Newcastle 18
  53. Nottingham 18
  54. City average 18
  55. Dundee 17
  56. Large city average (not including London) 16
  57. Manchester 15
  58. Liverpool 15
  59. Oxford 15
  60. Birmingham 14
  61. Leeds 14
  62. Leicester 14
  63. Belfast 14
  64. London 13
  65. Glasgow 13
  66. Cardiff 12
  67. Edinburgh 12

 

In the City, only 800 of Goldman Sachs’s 6,000 London staff have returned, while fewer than 2,000 of the 12,000 at JP Morgan are back.  

The drop in figures pose a significant concern for city-centre businesses such as cafes, pubs and restaurants which saw the majority of their customers are local workers. 

The analysis showed that workers in the biggest cities are least likely to have returned to offices amid fears over the risk of long commutes on public transport. 

The 10 biggest cities in the UK have seen just 14 per cent of its staff return to work whereas cities such as Gloucester has seen 30 per cent of its workers come back – because they are more likely to drive to the office. 

Rail services revealed earlier this week that they are operating at just 16 per cent capacity and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this morning told BBC Breakfast there is more space on public transport and encouraged people to use it to go back to work.  

He said: ‘We are quite close to full capacity but the usage of public transport is way down.

‘We have been very careful to ask people not to flood back too quickly and they have not, and so we are seeing many cases of quite empty, for example, trains. 

‘There’s more capacity there, you can now return. Anyone, not just key workers, can use public transport.

‘I would recommend trying to avoid the busier times of day, but as people return to work – and the Prime Minister asked employers and employees to look at doing that particularly from August 1 – the public transport is there.’

He added: ‘It’s giving people a road map, really, so we can give people some hope whilst planning for the worst as well.

‘We want to give people some sense of direction, because a lot of people are running businesses or rely on the Christmas period and need to know that if everything goes well that this is our intention.’ 

In general companies are delaying the return of its staff to the office. 

The Royal Bank of Scotland said its staff will be allowed to continue to work from home until at least September. 

A ‘Big Four’ accounting firm called EY has announced that its 17,000 staff will be allowed to return to work from September 7 but they will come back on a voluntary basis with a desk-booking system. 

Boris Johnson urged the public to ‘return to work’ in a speech on Friday but according to a survey of home workers this month, nearly two-thirds were anxious about returning to the office and a similar proportion want to continue working from home in some capacity even when the coronavirus pandemic ends.  

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