More than one in 10 people who intend to keep working from home are looking to relocate to the coast or the countryside, official figures have shown.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data on Friday which revealed that, of those planning to work from home all or part of the time, 12 per cent have considered moving to a different location, with rural or coastal areas the most common.
Researchers asked: "Are you planning to return to a work location away from your home?" Fewer than one in 10 (six per cent) of working adults said they are going to continue to work all their hours from home. An additional 23 per cent said they plan to work some hours at a work location and some at home.
Among those continuing to work from home all or part of the time, 12 per cent said they have considered moving to a different location in the UK. Of those thinking of moving, 60 per cent were thinking of a rural area, and 40 per cent a coastal place.
The ONS data, part of its weekly survey of the social impact of coronavirus on Great Britain, comes as research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that coronavirus has created a £2.3 billion black hole of spending in central London.
Nina Skero, the chief executive of the CEBR, said: "During the months of March to July, virtually everybody that could was working from home, so we estimate that the lost spending during that period was more than £500 million per month.
"All of the spending on restaurants, hairdressers and other services was almost entirely lost as people were confined to their homes."