Jobs and the Future of Work

Banking has higher office attendance rates than any other sector

FILE PHOTO: A worker sits at his desk in an office building in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

A new survey looks at office attendance across mutiple countries and sectors. Image: REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

Martin Armstrong
Data Journalist, Statista
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  • A new survey suggests that office attendance across various sectors in 13 countries remains well below pre-pandemic levels.
  • Attendance peaks in the middle of the week, with around no more than a third of employees in the office.
  • Banking was the sector with the highest average attendance rates.

The much-awaited/dreaded (insert as appropriate) return to the office is far from complete, and in a large number of companies and sectors is unlikely to ever really take place.

According to a June/July survey by Advanced Workplace Associates in 13 countries, 13 sectors, 28 organizations and 79 offices (representing 77,410 employees), "average attendance in offices is just 26 percent, with peaks in the middle of the week of no more than a third of employees in the office." As this infographic highlights, the difference in attendance varies widely from sector to sector.

Banking reported the highest average attendance rates with a total of 47 percent, while at the other end of the scale is logistics and tech. The latter has generated media attention over the last few months. Giants of the industry such as Google, Apple and Tesla have each been struggling to engineer a solution which simultaneously satisfies the companies' desire to get their employees back at their desks, as well as the seemingly large shares of their workforces that would rather maintain the new status quo of remote or hybrid working.

Return to the office? Don't bank on it
Office attendance remains low across many sectors. Image: Statista
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