PwC: 76% of NI employees now more productive when working from home

  • Photo: PwC partner Lynne Rainey

    Just over three quarters of workers in Northern Ireland have said they are now more productive when working from home, according to a new survey by PwC.

    This is compared to a UK average of 61%. Only Londoners said they felt more productive.

    The research on remote working behaviours by the professional services firm also found that 51% of NI employees "aren’t working longer than they did before the Covid-19 crisis."

    One in five reported that they’re able to work fewer hours to get the same amount done and a quarter said they now find it easier to get their work/life balance right.

    When thinking ahead to when lockdown restrictions are lifted, 47% of those surveyed in Northern Ireland would like to continue working from home more than they did before the coronavirus restrictions - a response which was mirrored by both Scotland (48%) and Wales (47%). The average across the UK was 39%.

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    Lynne Rainey, partner at PwC NI said: “The findings from this research could transform the workforce in Northern Ireland. Historically we’ve lagged behind the rest of the UK when it came to productivity but people are adapting to remote working very positively and getting more done.

    “It’s also encouraging that more people are able to strike the right balance between working and home life, and we see that a fifth of home workers have been able to learn a new skill - mostly in DIY or baking - during the lockdown.

    “While it’s not possible for certain sectors, the benefits of supporting your workforce to work from home in the future are apparent. While certainly it may be a step-change for some companies, the savvy ones will be preparing for a new normal where almost half of employees want to work from home more.”

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    Four out of five (80%) employees in Northern Ireland said they had not experienced a high level of disruption since transferring to home working. This contrasts with the UK average of 54% who said disruption had been significant, resulting in a temporary change in their role. The highest levels of disruption are reported in the South East at 72%.

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