Youngest staff least likely to have home working options
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.