Low demand for UK office workers reveals ‘asymmetric recovery’

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Data shows rise in transport, healthcare and construction jobs while ‘white-collar roles’ lag behind

Demand for office workers in the UK is lagging behind other types of work, according to data that suggests there is an “asymmetric recovery” in the labour market after the near-total freeze in hiring during the coronavirus lockdown.

The proportion of workers with new jobs in industries that mainly employ people in so-called white-collar roles – such as media, software, finance and media – has lagged behind other sectors despite the gradual return to workplaces, according to data from LinkedIn, the work-focused social network owned by Microsoft.

Related: WPP reveals only 3% of UK staff regularly work from office

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