Fewer than one in ten companies order staff back to the office full-time

New data comes as employees revolt over back-to-work plans

Fewer than one in ten companies have told staff they must come back to the office full-time, new data reveals as employees around the world insist on working from home.

The majority of businesses surveyed by estate agent CBRE expect to push for a return to more regular office life in the coming months, but just 6pc are planning to enforce full-time commuting.

The survey of 120 companies across various sectors found 39pc of bosses expect their workers will be at the office for three or more days a week.

Richard Holberton, head of EMEA occupier research at the CBRE, said: "Companies must now decide how much personal autonomy to allow as well as the balance between office and home."

The figures, set to be published next week, come as employees around the world openly revolt over back-to-work plans even if they are not forced to return full-time.

Senior civil servants this week argued that work is "no longer a place" as they pushed back on the Government's "condescending" drive to get them back in.

Jacob Rees-Mogg's 'crass, condescending, passive aggressive little note' has inflamed civil servants Credit: Twitter


Jacob Rees-Mogg sparked a fierce debate over homeworking last month when he left notes on empty desks with the message: "Sorry you were out when I visited. I look forward to seeing you in the office very soon."

Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA union, is set to hit out at Mr Rees-Mogg on Thursday for “trashing the civil service brand” by “wandering around Whitehall with his clipboard” leaving “crass, condescending, passive aggressive little notes for people who were actually delivering public services".


There have also been various protests in the private sector about going back to work. One of the world’s best-known artificial intelligence researchers quit Apple this week over the tech giant’s demands that staff return to its Silicon Valley headquarters for three days a week.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has said that video calls cannot replace the experience of working together.

"For all that we've been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other," he said in a note to staff last year.

However a number of tech giants have lent on remote working as a way to lure talent over from rivals. Last month, Airbnb told employees they will be able to work remotely and would not cut pay if they move to cheaper parts of the world.