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61 percent of companies in Germany offer their employees the opportunity to work from home. This is the result of the HR manager survey conducted by the ifo Institute for Economic Research with the personnel service provider Randstad.

However, the trend is downward in some cases. On average, companies allow their employees to work from home for 6.4 days per month: slightly less than in the same ifo-Randstad survey a year earlier (6.7 days).

"Retailers and small businesses in particular are less likely to offer work from home," said ifo expert Johanna Garnitz. In retail, only 34 percent of companies still allow home offices, up from 51 percent a year ago. On average, people work from home 5.7 days a month, up from 7 days previously.

For small companies with up to 49 employees, 32 percent allow home office; a year ago, it was 46 percent. The average working time from home was 6.6 days per month, up from 7.4 days in 2022. This could be due to the end of the Corona pandemic. During their heyday, German companies were sometimes obliged to work from home.

In large companies, on the other hand, employees can work from home more often and longer than in 2022. Almost all of the companies surveyed with more than 500 employees (94 percent) offer the option of working from home. They also approve more days per month than a year ago: an average of 7.1 days after 5.3 days.

90 percent of the companies that employ between 250 and 499 employees allow home office. For companies with 50 to 249 employees, the rate was two-thirds.