According to a survey by the Munich ifo Institute, almost a quarter of working people in Germany continue to work from home on a regular basis. Accordingly, the proportion of employees in the home office in August was 24.5 percent. This is only 0.4 percentage points less than in the last survey in April.
In March, the rate was still 27.6 percent. The highest value reported by the Ifo was reached in March last year at 31.7 percent.
Especially service providers in the home office
Accordingly, there are major differences between the various sectors: Working from home is most widespread among service providers with 35.5 percent of employees. Within this industry, the subgroups management consultants and IT service providers are ahead with a good 71 percent each. At the end of the service providers are restaurants with 1.7 percent and hotels with one percent of employees working from home.
Retail and construction, on the other hand, were the sectors with the lowest values at 5.4 and 5.1 percent respectively. Manufacturing and wholesale each accounted for a good 15 percent.
"The obligation to work from home expired in March, but since then use has only fallen minimally," said Jean-Victor Alipour from the ifo Institute. Apparently, companies and employees rely on working in their own four walls on a permanent basis.
Various companies and corporations have already announced the same and justified this with the wishes of the employees, among other things. Alipour considers a further expansion of the home office offer by state regulations to be “possible only to a limited extent”.