Fifth of architects say their entire office is working from home due to coronavirus, according to survey

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24th March 2020 16:19 - Professional Services

Fifth of architects say their entire office is working from home due to coronavirus: A survey of architects has revealed that a fifth (21%) saw their entire office setting up operations from home, following Boris Johnson's 16 March address to the nation. The Prime Minister said that all those who could work from home, should do, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Almost two fifths (38%) said that 'some' staff worked from home following the advice, while 22% said that 'most' did. Nothing changed for 18% of practices at this point. 

At the time of the Architects Journal survey, a tenth of respondents were yet to make plans to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. 

It also revealed that responses differed according to region. More than a quarter of architects working outside of London were still being asked to work out of the office, following the Prime Minister's instruction, compared to one in ten (11%) in the capital.

Twenty-seven percent of London workers said that 'most' of their company's staff were working from home, compared to 13% outside of London. 

The journal said that the feedback from the survey revealed a 'mixed picture' of how ready companies are to work through a lockdown scenario.  Some respondents said that their employers had already been trialling home working with remote connection using VPN, while others said they had been given little support with it. 

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