- Terraces with golf, marina and sea views await those looking to ditch the commute for good (Taylor Wimpey España)
- 24% of employees now working remotely (ONS)
- Longer-term benefits of remote-first approach now more widely understood
As the UK ploughs on with the battle against COVID-19, the government has once more asked that all those who can work from home do just that. The pandemic has made families re-evaluate their home environment like never before, particularly in relation to space in which to work and outdoor space. Now, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is providing the ideal solution to both, with selected properties offering spacious terraces with stunning views as the ideal spot from which to work.
“Even once the pandemic is under control, it’s likely that some of the lifestyle changes it brought about will stick. Many people’s eyes have been opened to how easily they can work from home and the lifestyle benefits that doing so can bring. As such, we’re catering to the needs of home-based workers not just for now but also for the longer-term.”
The waterfront homes at Pier are a case in point. The two- and three-bedroom apartments provide east and south-east facing terraces with marvellous views of the prestigious Marina de Sotogrande. The spacious terraces are ideal for sitting outdoors with a laptop, working from home in an absolutely stunning setting. The key-ready homes are priced from €342,000 plus VAT. Would-be buyers can take a virtual tour to discover Pier for themselves.
The Office for National Statistics reported on 1 October 2020 that just 62% of people were working at their normal place of work, with 11% furloughed and 24% now working remotely. It’s unlikely that that quarter of the working population will all be keen to start commuting again when the time comes, particularly when many will have proved how productive they can be when based from home.
This opens up the idea of working remotely from locations other than home, once lockdown and travel restrictions ease. After all, a stable internet connection, a decent mobile phone signal and a laptop are all that many people now need to do their jobs effectively, regardless of their location. With Spain being only an hour ahead of the UK, working from there fits perfectly with working for a UK company.
“With the technology available to us now, there’s no longer the same need to be tied to a desk from 9 to 5. Increasingly, companies are understanding the benefits of remote working not just for their employees but for themselves. A remote-first approach can mean running a more cost-efficient operation with a lower carbon footprint thanks to the need for less office space and a reduction in employee commuting.”