New study reveals which days, how often Praguers work from home

More people are coming into the office compared to 2023, which has also increased passenger numbers on Prague's metro network.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 23.05.2024 13:57:00 (updated on 23.05.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

A new study has found that Tuesdays are the most popular days for white-collar workers to go to their jobs in the office, whereas less than half of all employees attend their workplaces on Fridays. Interestingly, more people are going into the office than last year.

According to a study by the Czech branch of global real estate agency Savills, 62 percent of all office-based employees attend their workplace on Tuesdays. However, before the Covid-19 pandemic, the average office-occupancy rate for all employees was 70 percent throughout the week.

More people are also coming into the office compared with last year, with a 15-percentage-point increase in people attending their workplaces from Mondays to Thursdays. However, Fridays have seen fewer people come into the office compared with 2023.

"When it comes to people returning to offices, Prague is near the top in Europe. It currently has an average 57-percent physical occupancy rate in offices [during the working week]."

Head of Office Agency at Savills Pavel Novák

More people using the metro

Savills also notes that the gradual return to offices affects the busyness of Prague's public transport. Since the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, the return of students to schools and increasing tourist visits have meant that the number of passengers on the Prague metro has reached over 90 percent of its pre-pandemic level. 

Prague’s metro system experiences the busiest rush hour on Thursdays – with over 1 million passengers – although Tuesdays and Wednesdays are almost identically busy. This suggests that these days are the most popular for office visits. Notably, Saturday has less than half of passengers seen mid-week, despite a large influx of tourists.

Fridays are the quietest days on public transport, owing to a combination of people taking holidays, working from home, and fewer students coming to university for classes in the capital.

More people eating out

Pubs and restaurants are also busiest on these days, again underlining that workers most often attend their workplaces around the middle of the week. Notably, more people are visiting eateries for lunch this year than in 2023. 

Are you currently allowed to work remotely in your job?

Yes, whenever I want and for however long 47 %
I can work from home once or twice per week 26 %
I work remotely three or four days weekly 18 %
I can't work remotely at all 9 %
465 readers voted on this poll. Voting is open

Václav Stárek from the Association of Hotels and Restaurants told Czech media outlet iDnes that he puts this down to rapidly rising food and restaurant prices seen last year, which have since cooled. 

A separate study from the STEM/MARK research agency earlier this year revealed that over half the Czech population prefers a hybrid model of employment (a mix of coming into the office working remotely), and roughly 40 percent of all workers currently have the option to work flexibly. In 2019, this figure was at just 4 percent.

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