Shift to homeworking sparks regional pay weighting debate, finds REBA survey
Increased homeworking has been a key consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. For some industries, it could drive permanent shifts in workplace behaviour and, as a result, has caused almost a third of employers to explore the pay implications of permanent remote working.
REBA’s 5th Covid-19 snap survey, conducted between 12 and 20 November, with results released on 30 November, found 31.5% of employers said they have not ruled out changes to their pay strategy related to regionally weighted salaries for some home workers.
Although only 0.8% have made changes so far, 14.2% said that regional weightings are already under review, and a further 16.5% believe it is too early to tell.
According to figures released by the ONS, in November 2020, 28% of the workforce were working from home rather than at their usual place of work.
Although the ONS’s figures were recorded during the second lockdown in England, government recommendations at the time of writing are that employees should continue to work from home if they can until spring 2021. This could further cement emerging trends towards partial or full homeworking.
Read the full findings from REBA’s latest snap survey: The ongoing effects of Covid-19 on pay and benefits.
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