Third of Brits planning to work remotely from Europe

With today marking the start of half term across the UK – and Covid-19 travel restrictions now eased in over 25 European countries – almost a third (27 per cent) of Brits surveyed are planning to upgrade their desk view by working remotely from Europe this year.

New research from Virgin Media O2 Business has revealed a growing trend for a ‘hybrid holiday’: with 76 per cent of workers polled considering adding remote working days around their annual leave as part of an existing trip, to make the most of time away and combine work and pleasure.

Nearly half of those polled stated that their surroundings had the biggest impact on productivity, with 58 per cent of those intending to work remotely in Europe heading there for a better work/life balance, followed closely by 44 per cent looking for a change of scene or more time away. Childcare is also a factor, with one in three planning a hybrid holiday to help split their annual leave with their partner to cover school holidays.

Jo Bertram, managing director, business and wholesale at Virgin Media O2, said: “Our latest research suggests that 2022 is set to be the year that working from anywhere becomes a reality for businesses across the UK. Whether it’s a sole trader updating their social feeds from the beach or employees at global corporates getting back to business trips, the right mobile tariff means they can stay connected, and roam like at home from Portugal across to Latvia, and from Iceland down to Greece.

“We’re so proud to have bucked the trend with our roaming announcement last month, reassuring our customers that we will not be reintroducing roaming charges. For us, it’s an important part of offering businesses of all sizes the choice to stay connected, with flexibility and peace of mind, however they choose to work.”

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Charlotte Hathway

Charlotte is the editor of Comms Business and writes about the latest technology innovations and business developments across the Channel. Got a story? Get in touch – charlotte.hathway@markallengroup.com.

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