Facebook has become the latest tech giant to allow its employees to continue working from home until next summer at the earliest.
Almost all of its 48,000 staff have been working from home since March when Facebook told staff not to return to the office due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company previously said that workers could remain at home until the end of this year, with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg stating that he expected half of Facebook staff to be permanently remote within the next decade.
Following on from announcements by Google and Uber, Facebook has now told its employees they don’t need to return until July 2021.
The tech giant said it had made the decision based on guidance from “health and government experts” and that it was allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home.
It also said it was giving employees $1,000 (£753) for home office needs.
Earlier in the week, ridesharing giant Uber told staff that they can remain remote until next June. Staff will be allowed to return to the office sooner if they wish but they will not be mandated to do so.
Google announced a similar decision last month with chief executive Sundar Pichai committing to the company’s 200,000 workers that they would not have to return until next July.
The decision means that tech workers will have been working from home for more than 15 months since they were told not to come into the office.
Twitter previously told staff that they can work remotely forever as part of a new restructuring it had undertaken due to the pandemic.
The tech companies have contravened advice given by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told the country it was time to get back to work last month.
The Prime Minister encouraged a return to office life in July, lifting the existing advice on public transport, which was previously to be reserved for unavoidable journeys.