The share of people who on March 31, 2021, worked remotely due to the epidemic situation in the total number of employees was 14.2 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) informed on Thursday. This is 3.2 percentage points more than at the end of March a year earlier. It was added that in the first quarter the scale of using remote work in the private sector was lower than in the public sector.
According to the GUS, the use of remote work in order to reduce the epidemic risk remained the highest in units employing more than 49 people on the scale of the entire economy. The share of people working remotely in the units of this size amounted to 16.6 percent and was 6.5 percentage points more than in the first quarter of 2020. In units employing up to 9 people, remote work was provided by 7.1 percent of employed, while in units from 10-49 people – 13.6 percent.
The office's announcement indicated that the performance of remote work in the first quarter of 2021 varied depending on the type of activity. For example, in the information and communication section, remote work was performed by almost 67 percent of working. In the section, education by this form of work was covered by almost 46 percent due to the outbreak of an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.