Dresden (dpa / sn) - In the Corona crisis, home office is the order of the day for many companies - Saxony's government authorities are also relying on mobile working from home.
The ministries use it to varying degrees.
For example, around 46 percent of the around 360 employees in the Ministry of Finance have been working from home since autumn last year.
According to their own information, the proportion rose to 50 to 55 percent in January.
Corona has brought a push, said a spokeswoman.
Before the pandemic, there were only exceptional cases of teleworking.
In the meantime, all employees have been equipped with laptops so that mobile work is possible.
Depending on the area of responsibility, you work alternately or continuously from home.
After the federal-state consultations on an extended lockdown, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and Minister of Health Petra Köpping (both SPD) appealed to employers to enable more mobile work.
According to the information, 88 percent of the 420 employees in the home of the economics minister are able to work from home.
In the course of the year, the proportion is to be increased to 92 percent through technical purchases.
Wherever possible, presence should be reduced to a minimum.
430 employees work in the Ministry of Social Affairs, with a few exceptions all of them have been equipped with mobile technology.
This should give you full access to the data from home.
However, the authority could not give exact figures.
The time recording system does not differentiate between logging in from the office or the home office, it was said to justify.
The digital association Bitkom sees a need for action in the public administration.
"Politicians should now not only demand home office from the companies, but above all introduce it in their original area of responsibility - administration - across the board," stressed Bitkom President Achim Berg.
The majority of the five million employees in the public sector could work from home and should at least do so in the coming months, said Berg.
According to a representative survey carried out on behalf of Bitkom in December, one in four employees in Germany currently works exclusively from home.
This corresponds to around 10.5 million employed people.
This is at least partially the case for another 20 percent.
Before the pandemic began, only three percent of the working population worked exclusively from home, 15 percent partially.
The Ministry of the Interior pointed out that wherever sensitive data is used, no home office is possible.
For example, personnel and criminal files could not be taken home.
In mid-December, around 60 percent of the employees worked at home, the others with a hygiene concept on-site because they were classified as “operationally necessary”.
With the tightened lockdown since January 11, the number of employees in the department is likely to have decreased further, the spokeswoman said.
In the Ministry of Justice, the 242 employees make different use of the option of working from home.
At times, up to half of the staff works from home.
Exceptions: Working with sensitive personnel files, in gate or janitorial service and in IT support.
Almost 250 people currently work in the State Chancellery.
About 35 to 40 percent are in the office with a changing line-up.
After the federal-state resolutions, the employees were asked to make more use of the home office.
Here, too, there are areas in which home office is only possible to a limited extent, such as departments dealing with the corona pandemic.
According to the Saxon Civil Service Association (SBB), the majority of the employees in the ministries work from home.
According to state chairwoman Nannette Seidler, many have to "reconcile" their work with childcare.
There are "very flexible solutions" for this.
Overall, in the public service and in the subordinate authorities, the picture is more differentiated. There there is a lack of technical equipment or corresponding software solutions.
In addition, there is not fast internet everywhere, especially in rural areas.
"Where authorities are also based and where employees live," says Seidler.
The Association of Officials warned that emergency regulations should be continuously developed in order to be prepared.
"By the time the pandemic began, everything organizational and personnel had been found and worked in - that was probably the greatest and most time-consuming effort."