Lloyds staff to work from home until ‘at least spring’

Employees at Lloyds Banking Group who are currently working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be asked not to return to the office until at least next spring.

The group — which includes Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows as well as Lloyds Bank — has 65,000 staff.

Two thirds of these employees are reported to be working from home at the moment, although staff continue to serve customers in high street bank branches.

“In line with guidance from the UK and national governments, and given the majority of our colleagues are working from home, we have asked them to continue to do so until at least spring,” a spokesperson for Lloyds Banking Group said in a statement.

Other financial services groups have made a similar decision.

Barclays has said that “hundreds” of UK staff previously asked to go back to the office will now be asked to work from home again, while NatWest has told the majority of its staff to work from home until some time next year.

And auditor and consultancy firm Deloitte has announced that it will not renew leases at four of its offices, giving 500 staff the opportunity to switch to remote working on a permanent basis.