Some interesting analysis is coming through on the new ways of working during the coronavirus lockdown – for some people at least.
While many in the services sector (investors, lawyers, and yes, journalists) can work from home unaffected, employees in sectors such as food services, retail and transport have no backup in lockdown. That could exacerbate inequality.
Around 91% of higher earners (over £) , a year ) are potentially able to work from home, compared to only % of workers earning less than £ 36, 12 per year, according to new survey results from PwC for a representative sample of UK workers.
Jing Teow , senior economist at PwC said:
With fewer lower paid workers able to work from home, the negative economic impact of Covid – may be greater for lower socio-economic groups, particularly those who work in sectors such as transport, non-food retail and hospitality. There’s a real risk that the ability to work remotely – or not – exacerbates inequality.
For those that can work from home, the experience may well accelerate a shift that was already in evidence.
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