Only 33 per cent of agents want to return to working the same way as before the Coronavirus crisis, according to a survey.
The study consisted of 6,500 agents who - in the words of those behind the survey - “interacted” with a poll run by property recruitment firm Rayner Personnel.
Nearly a quarter of the responses say that their experience of the industry’s handling of the Corona crisis made them question their future and their current role. Whilst pledging to return to work, they are set on a change in the medium term.
Some 22 per cent say they have enjoyed working from home because of the freedom and flexibility it has afforded them.
Another 14 per cent are concerned about job security having had a position they thought was secure; for them a jump to self-employment and potentially bigger earnings is no longer a daunting prospect.
Six per cent say that they will leave the industry altogether while 33 per cent are happy to go back to work just as before and feel supported by their bosses.
“This has turned out to be a big reveal at a pivotal time for us all” says Rayner Personnel’s founder, Josh Rayner.
“The question is, will agency bosses acknowledge that there’s an issue here and where so many staff feel insecure and concerned enough to want to move roles? Will they act on our findings?”
The survey will re-run again in two weeks - by which time there may be news on a possible relaxation of lockdown rules and agencies may be able to prepare to resume something like normal business.
The results from the survey, released last night, were accompanied by statements from what Rayner calls “influencers.”
One - PropTech consultant Jason Bushby, a former director of Rightmove - says: “There’s a mental health consideration. The shock of seeing your livelihood flash before you and in many cases with a family to feed, is bound to affect our colleagues in estate agency and this also needs to be accommodated.”