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Three-Quarters of UK Staff Would Take Pay-Cut to Keep Remote Working

David Paul

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Data shows that office workers would take some form of a pay cut for remote jobs enabled by tech after lockdown ends.

Research by Citrix has found that 75% of UK office workers would take hits to their paycheques to continue home working.

Based on survey results from 1,000 UK office workers conducted by OnePoll, three-quarters of respondents said that they would accept – or have accepted – a pay cut in return for a fully remote role.

The poll found that, on average, respondents would be willing to take a 14% pay cut in order to secure remote working in their role. The average UK salary is currently £30,472, and this cut would represent a pay reduction of around £4,266 per year.

Over a quarter (27%) of workers would accept a pay cut of between 15-20%, with a similar number (26%) prepared to accept a pay cut of over 20% for the fully remote working benefit.

Those aged between 45 and 54 were prepared to “take the largest salary sacrifice,” averaging 16% – or £4,887 gross salary, based on the national average income.

Nearly one in five (17%) employees within this age group were willing to forgo more than 25% of their salary for remote working. However, those over 55 were the least open to salary reductions, with 36% saying they would not accept a pay cut for permanent remote working.

Data revealed that in Scotland, while there was still a willingness from respondents to reduce some of their salaries, their average accepted pay reduction for such a benefit was 9%.

Darren Fields, Regional Vice President, UK & Ireland, Citrix, said: “We’re now in a world where employees have seen the potential that remote working holds to improve their work/life balance – so much so that they’re willing to forgo a significant portion of their salaries to achieve this on a permanent basis.

“Technology allows us to take control of our working lives in a way we’ve never been able to before. Thankfully, those wishing to spend more time working remotely are no longer burdened by outdated cultures and stigmas.

“Whether you’re working from home, a collaborative working space or a coffee shop, with the right technology, employees can benefit from the same secure digital workspace they would traditionally have experienced in the office, remaining productive and engaged, wherever they are logged on,” Fields added.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has uprooted employees across the country, with millions of people across now having to working remotely.

Research carried out last year by Finder showed that, as of September 2020, 60% of the UK workers were working from home due to the coronavirus lockdown, with 26% saying they planned to continue home working permanently or occasionally afterwards.

The increase in home working has also had an impact on internet usage, something that would rise further following a continuation of remote working practices.

In early March, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and just before the first UK lockdown, several service providers experienced huge jumps in traffic across their mobile and internet networks.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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