Just one in every 10 Welsh government employees is currently working in the office every day, which has prompted officials to offer office space to other public sector bodies.
According to the government, its vision is to “maximise the benefits of office, remote, and hybrid working.”
However, Welsh Conservatives argue that the majority of Welsh civil servants should not work from home.
The party’s Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies said it was “concerning just how few civil servants are in the office to ensure the smooth running of government operations in Wales”.
By 2026, the government wants 30 percent of Welsh workers to be based in office or close to their homes.
With “no more than 50 percent” of public officials working in one of its offices at once, it aims to “be an exemplar” for remote working as part of its goal.
10.4 percent of the workforce visited the various Welsh government offices every day in September.
An average of 549 of the more than 5,200 employees hired by the government came to work each day.
The Caernarfon office had the greatest attendance (13.8 percent) and the Merthyr Tydfil office had the lowest (5.9 percent).
The average daily attendance in October, according to the Welsh government, was 11 percent.
Mr. Davies said it means that there are huge parts of the Welsh government estate not being used, and some lying empty, with all the cost implications for this.
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He asked if entire floors of buildings were being heated for one worker.
“When circumstances demand it, no one would begrudge civil servants or anybody else working from home,” he said.