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Employees who have been lucky enough to keep their jobs and working from home during the pandemic have found themselves hundreds of pounds better off per month, simply because they’re not leaving the house. With working from home the new normal for 49% of working adults in the UK, one...

Employees who have been lucky enough to keep their jobs and working from home during the pandemic have found themselves hundreds of pounds better off per month, simply because they’re not leaving the house.

With working from home the new normal for 49% of working adults in the UK, one UK company has found that there’s an unexpected financial benefit for ex-commuters who have swapped their office desk for the dining room table.

Health and safety firm Protecting.co.uk have found on average that office workers were £500 better off a month just by working at home, just by cutting down on travel, food, and clothing expenses.

“Working from home has the unexpected benefit of saving people a lot of money because they aren’t having to pay travel costs to go anywhere or splash out on expensive coffees and lunches,” says company spokesperson Mark Hall.

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“And now that staff have proved to employers that they can work efficiently at home, travelling into an office may seem like nothing more than an expensive commute.”

The Office for National Statistics has revealed that collectively the UK has saved £157billion over the three months of lockdown, with the average person saving £495 a month.

Mr Hall added: “It’s no surprise that people are saving more when they’ve been stuck at home, there were no pubs, shops or restaurants open to spend in, and no need to fork out on clothing when we’ve all been lounging around in our comfy gear at home.”

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