I’m sure many of us have watched in disbelief at the COVID-19 situation unfolding in Melbourne, and are very grateful to be living and working here in the west. Few people would disagree that not only is Perth one of the safest places in the world to be right now, but also to do business.
So it’s perhaps somewhat of a surprise that city workers aren’t back at their desks in city offices en-masse. In the new normal of the COVID world, the WA workforce has largely adapted to working from home, and it seems they’re not in a hurry to return to the CBD.
Some examples include a major accounting firm, which has only 6% of its 600 person workforce coming in, and a large mining company which has red teams and blue teams alternating weeks, but only a quarter of its 4,000 staff opting to show up in person. Overall, Perth has about 135,000 workers and it’s estimated that only 40% have returned post-COVID. Traffic data also shows workers are exiting the CBD early, around 3pm, making the city a ghost town come nightfall.
The impact all of this is having on the small businesses in the city