Methodology of the survey

To collect information on the working patterns of central London workers, Centre for Cities commissioned Focaldata to run a survey and supplemented this through a mirrored survey using Google Forms. It ran from 18 April to 1 May 2023. Respondents were asked questions on working patterns covering remote/hybrid work and days worked in the office for the periods of January 2020 (pre-pandemic), April 2022, and April 2023. Respondents had to work (or notionally work if fully remote) in central London as defined in the map below for each time period covered. In order to be representative of central London’s office workers, the sample was weighted to reflect the sectoral composition of central London, based on data from ONS’ Business Register and Employment Survey and census 2011.

In order to have responses reflect those working in office-based jobs, two filters were applied. The first was to exclude any workers who worked on weekends to remove people working in face-to-face services like shop floor retail and hospitality. The second was to exclude those working in health.

This approach collected 558 relevant responses.

Figure 13: Definition of central London

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