Posted on 24th January 2022

The extremely cold temperatures recently felt across the UK had led to a series of weather warnings and travel disruption. Research unveiled by independent job board, CV-Library, shows that many professions have needed to change their working patterns as a direct result of this cold snap, including going into the office more.

20.5% of the 1,700 surveyed reported that the freezing weather had led to them going into the office more, rather than working from home. The reasons were a mix between social factors and cost-of-living considerations:

▪ 44.2% said they hadn’t been out much due to the extreme weather, and they needed social connection
▪ 41% went in purely to save on heating bills
▪ 17.7% wanted to save on their electricity bill

However, just over half of all workers said the weather had not impacted their working patterns. Other respondents mentioned that they would have preferred going into their workplace more often, but they chose not to for a range of reasons:

▪ 10.7% said that public transport is too unreliable in this such cold weather
▪ 7% reported that there’s no space in the office for them to work
▪ 6.6% I don’t feel safe driving in such cold conditions
▪ 5.5% I don’t want to drive due to such high petrol costs

Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library commented “These results reflect not only the impact the weather has on the UK workforce, but how the cost -of-living crisis and mental health have also become key factors within modern working practices.” Biggins continues “Britain’s greatest obsession is often reported to be the weather but its impact on the economy is a serious topic. The knock-on impacts of severe weather aren’t just limited to reduced consumer spending and supply and distribution issues.”

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