Despite the easing out of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, a number of workers in the UK have not returned to their offices.
The prime minister had previously urged workers to return to work in an effort to improve the economy however, WPP revealed that only 3 per cent of UK employees responded to Johnson`s call.
A number of companies have embraced a cautious approach amid the coronavirus crisis, encouraging employees to work from home. On Wednesday, WPP highlighted that only 300 workers have been working in British offices.
Recent figures have shown that it might take more time than Boris Johnson had originally anticipated to get people back to their offices and help revive the economy through spending in towns and cities.
The director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, Carolyn Fairbairn, said: “The costs of office closures are becoming clearer by the day.
“Some of our busiest city centres resemble ghost towns, missing the usual bustle of passing trade. This comes at a high price for local businesses, jobs and communities” , Fairbairn added.
A few WPP employees have returned their offices so far, and most of those that have returned are young people who are finding it difficult to work from home because of limited space. WPP made it clear that moving to the office was voluntary for all their employees.
It will take a while for the economy of the UK to fully recover, with few workers returning to work hence lower spending rates in British towns and cities.