Lack of flexible working options is costing London SMEs up to £18,600 every year in rent

By not offering their staff any flexible working options, London’s SMEs are wasting up to £18,600 every year in rent, a recent research report from conference call provider PowWowNow has been able to suggest.

Figures published in the report suggest that by allowing just 1 in 5 of their workforce to work remotely, London based SMEs could save on average £1,544 a month in rent by revaluating their office space requirements. Those willing to implement flexible working for up to 30% of their employees could save more than £2,370 per month.

With figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy indicating that there are over 16,455 small and medium-sized business now based in the capital, these potential savings amount to a combined total of over £306 million a year.

The study also revealed that companies in the Finance and Insurance industries based in London stand to make the highest savings; with SMEs in these sectors poised to save an astounding £27,970 a year by allowing just 20% of their workforce to work remotely and rethinking their space requirements.

Meanwhile, businesses in the East of England stand to save on average £444 per month, equating to a significant £5,328 a year. While office-based employers in the North East stand to save £430 per month by allowing 20% of their employees work remotely and almost £650 a month if they allow 30% of their employees to work remotely.

Elsewhere, in the South East business owners stand to save upwards of £7,100 a year by allowing 20% of their staff to work remotely; compared to the potential savings of £4,440 a Welsh business owner could be saving per annum.


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