Youngest staff least likely to have home work­ing op­tions

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Tim Wal­lace

THE youngest work­ers are fac­ing the tough­est blow from the lock­down re­ces­sion as they are the least likely to be able to work from home, while busi­nesses in the ser­vices sec­tor are slash­ing hir­ing at the fastest rate.

Just 30pc of 16 to 24-year-olds were work­ing from home in April, the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics said, far be­low the rate for other age groups.

Col­laps­ing hir­ing and fall­ing wages show the pres­sure which prompted Rishi Su­nak, the Chan­cel­lor, to of­fer train­ing grants and ap­pren­tice­ship sup­port to busi­nesses hir­ing un­der­25s. Pe­ri­ods of un­em­ploy­ment for those leav­ing school and univer­sity can hit their earn­ings for years to come.

By con­trast, the ma­jor­ity of those aged 25 to 34 and those from 35 to 49 could keep work­ing from the kitchen ta­ble or spare room.

The num­ber dropped back again for older work­ers. Among those aged be­tween 50 and 64, the rate fell to 42pc.

Fewer than one in six work­ers in sales and cus­tomer ser­vice, car­ing and leisure jobs were able to work from home at the height of the pan­demic.

The only group harder hit were plant and ma­chin­ery oper­a­tors. Barely one in 20 of these fac­tory staff had a chance of work­ing re­motely.

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