Britain's biggest 50 firms have no plans to return staff to the office full-time

FIFTY of the biggest UK employers questioned have said they have no plans to return all staff to the office full-time in the near future.

The BBC surveyed 50 unnamed big employers ranging from banks to retailers to get a sense of when they expected to ask employees to return to the office.

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Some 24 firms said that they did not have any plans in place to return workers to the office.

Another 20 say they will gradually reopen office space. 

The same amount have opened their offices for staff unable to work from home – but not to everyone.

It comes as many employees return to work from the summer holidays with the reality of a prolonged period of home working becoming increasingly likely. 

One of the main reasons given for the lack of a substantial return was that firms could not see a way of accommodating large numbers of staff while social distancing regulations were still in place.

Many companies said they were offering choice and flexibility to those who want to return, particularly in the banking and finance sectors.

Separately, the Chartered Management Institute found a whopping 93 per cent of its managers report that all or some employees in their organisations are still home-working.

The CMI’s membership is largely drawn from office-based workers. 

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