EFFORTS to get civil servants back to their desk went backwards in last month’s 40C heat.
Every government department saw a rise in home working, official figures show.
Efforts to get civil servants back to their desk went backwards in last month’s 40C heat
In the week from July 11, trade had a daily average of 82 per cent staff in the office.
A week later it fell to 62.
At business, office occupancy fell from 59 per cent to 40 per cent.
Education saw a fall from 62 to 47, work and pensions a drop from 51 to 37, and HMRC a decrease from 50 to 31.
Staff occupancy at the Scotland Office fell from 65 per cent to 52 per cent, and for the Wales Office from 60 per cent to 41 per cent.
The Cabinet Office wants office attendance back at pre-Covid levels.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “We have been consistently clear that we want to see office attendance across the civil service consistently back at pre-pandemic levels.
“As you would expect, workplace attendance will be lower in summer as staff take annual leave and with the impact of recent rail strikes, but this has not prevented civil servants from delivering vital public services.”
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