There are undoubted upsides to remote working, but renters will ultimately lose out to property owners and landlords
The latest voice to sing the praises of working from home is the Climate Change Committee. It is pushing at an open door: with a commitment to flexible working in the Conservative manifesto, and Labour pushing the government to bring forward new laws, it is all but certain that the number of people going to work in offices every day will be lower after the pandemic than it was before.
The number of workers to whom such changes apply must not be overstated. Official figures report only about 26% of people working from home (WFH) in 2020. Geographical and sectoral variations are huge: fewer than 14% of people in Middlesbrough worked from home compared with more than 70% in Richmond upon Thames. In Scotland, 70% of people employed in communications worked remotely, but just 7% in the accommodation and food industries, perhaps not surprisingly.