Hundreds of civil servants will NEVER return to the office after striking deals to WFH permanently 

Hundreds of civil servants will NEVER return to the workplace after placing offers to WFH completely

  • Number of civil servants on particular ‘home-working’ contracts has nearly tripled 
  • The largest improve was in Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 
  • The quantity rose from 117 earlier than the pandemic struck to 380 earlier this yr

Hundreds of civil servants won’t ever must return to the workplace after being allowed to make money working from home completely.

Official figures present the variety of Government workers on particular ‘home-working’ contracts has nearly tripled because the pandemic.

There had been 183 house employees throughout eight of the principle Whitehall departments in 2019-20, rising to 309 the next yr and 530 in 2021-22.

The largest improve was within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the place the quantity rose from 117 earlier than Covid struck to 380 earlier this yr. 

In the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) the quantity rose from 14 to 60 over the identical interval.

Official figures show the number of Government employees on special ¿home-working¿ contracts has almost tripled since the pandemic

Official figures present the variety of Government workers on particular ‘home-working’ contracts has nearly tripled because the pandemic

And within the Cabinet Office – which is supposed to guide the drive for civil servants to get again to their desks – it doubled from 30 to 62.

The Department for Education has 15 house employees, the Department for Levelling Up 9 and the Department for Culture 5, whereas HM Treasury and the Ministry of Justice had fewer than 5.

Elliot Keck, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, who obtained the info below the Freedom of Information Act, stated final evening: ‘Taxpayers are sick of the double standards in the civil service.

‘Central London real estate lies empty and public sector pay outstrips private sector pay, yet the number of Whitehall home workers soars. If mandarins insist on going remote long term, officials must make savings.’

Government efficiency minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has led the crusade against WFH by leaving notes on empty Whitehall desks and urging ministers to order civil servants back to the office

Government effectivity minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has led the campaign in opposition to WFH by leaving notes on empty Whitehall desks and urging ministers to order civil servants again to the workplace 

The Cabinet Office stated most civil servants are workplace based mostly. Those who wish to make money working from home completely should apply to their line supervisor to vary their contract and it will likely be permitted solely below sure circumstances.

Staff who want to hold out work comparable to dealing with delicate paperwork can’t make money working from home completely, for instance.

Those allowed to change into contractual house employees should bear a six-month trial and have a delegated room as their workplace. A Government spokesman stated: ‘These arrangements go through strict approval processes.’

Meanwhile, tens of 1000’s extra civil servants spend only some days every week within the workplace below ‘hybrid’ work preparations. 

The newest figures present that within the final week of July, solely the Ministry of Defence’s HQ was greater than two thirds full, with 71 per cent of its employees within the workplace. The Scotland Office was the emptiest, with 27 per cent occupancy.

Government effectivity minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has led the campaign in opposition to WFH by leaving notes on empty Whitehall desks and urging ministers to order civil servants again to the workplace.

Tory management frontrunner Liz Truss stated this week she supported his efforts and ‘will be looking at that very carefully’ if she turns into prime minister. ‘We need more people to work in the office,’ she added.

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