Since the corona pandemic, the Dutch are more likely to stay at home, according to a study by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) on Tuesday. We still work more than twice as much from home as before the pandemic. We also order groceries, food and clothing online more often.
Before the pandemic, only three in ten working Dutch people sometimes worked from home. That equated to an average of three hours a week. That has now more than doubled to 6.5 hours.
That may not seem like much, but a majority of workers cannot work from home. This is because they have a job on location, such as a train conductor or construction worker. As a result, the number of hours for people who can work from home is a lot larger.
In the long term, these home workers expect to go to the office slightly more often. Ultimately, however, most people say they plan to continue working from home one or two days a week on a structural basis.
Furthermore, after the pandemic, people also prefer to do other things at home rather than outside the home. For example, the number of people who (almost) never go away for a day has grown considerably. In addition, almost one in five Dutch people order meals or groceries more often than before the pandemic. A quarter of people also shop online more often.