75% of UK workers would take a pay cut to continue to work remotely after pandemic

A new survey has found that three-quarters (75%) of UK office workers said that they would accept - or have accepted - a pay cut in return for a fully remote role that allows them to work from anywhere.

The new data, based on a survey of 1,000 UK office workers and conducted by OnePoll, examined employee attitudes towards the future of work considering the availability of flexible technologies that allow working from anywhere.

Key statistics from the survey include:

· Respondents would be willing to take a 14% pay cut in order to secure remote working in their role. Based on the current average UK salary of £30,472 this would represent a gross reduction of around £4,266 per annum on average per worker

· Over a quarter (27%) of workers would accept a pay cut of between 15-20%, with a similar number (26%) prepared to accept a pay cut of over 20% for the fully remote working benefit.

· Those aged between 45 and 54 were prepared to take the largest salary sacrifice, averaging 16% - or £4,887 gross salary, based on the national average income. Nearly one in five (17%) employees within this age group were willing to forgo more than 25% of their salary for remote working.

· Respondents from the East Midlands would be willing to let go of 15% of their salary to work remotely. This would represent a £4,717 cut based on today’s national salary average. Those from Scotland were at the other end of the spectrum. While there was still a willingness from respondents to forgo some of their salaries for permanent remote working, their average accepted pay reduction for such a benefit was 9%.

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