The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that, by the end of August, only a fifth of employees in the UK were working exclusively from home.

The proportion of people who said they were only working remotely without visiting the workplace home was just 20%, down from 38% in June. 

This forms part of a wider trend led by the Government to persuade office workers to return to their workplaces, in order to support the economy as a whole.  Some employers have taken direct measures, with media giant Bloomberg allowing its employees to claim up to £55 a day to help defray travel expenses and other costs associated with returning to the workplace.

Employers looking to encourage their own staff back into workplace should be mindful of guidance published by the HSE, about assessing risk, and making changes that might be required to create a "COVID-secure" environment.

More than half (57 per cent) of working adults surveyed said they had travelled to work during the last week in August: the largest proportion of respondents since the UK went into lockdown.