NEW YORK — Only 13% of Manhattan’s office workers are expected to return to their workplaces full-time by the end of January, the results of a new survey show

A survey conducted by the Partnership for New York City between Oct. 19 and Oct. 29 found that only 8% of Manhattan’s office workers had transitioned back to full-time, in-person work as of late last month, the nonprofit said in a press release Wednesday.

And while that figure is expected to curve up to 13% by the end of January, 21% of the borough’s office workers are still expected to be fully remote then, with 66% working on a hybrid schedule. 

As of the end of October, 54% of Manhattan’s office workers were still working remotely full-time, with 28% working in the office on an average weekday.

The report found that just over a third of companies are expecting their office space needs to decline in the next five years.

The changes could have long-term implications on the city and the jobs those office positions tend to support.

"In the Wall Street area and in technology, which is our other big growth industry, the jobs are so well paying that you end up getting four times the jobs for the one job that's created in that industry — whether it's hotels from business travel, whether it's cab drivers — these are generators of many more times the jobs than they actually provide in this city,” said Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. 

The real estate industry, the Partnership’s survey found, had the highest in-person office attendance — 77% — of the industries surveyed as of last month. Financial service companies and law firms tied for the second-highest in-person office attendance, with 27% each, according to the release. 

Law stood at 10%, media at 7%, consulting at 5%, tech at 4% and accounting at 4%, the survey found. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has played the largest role in shaping employers’ return-to-office plans, followed by employee preference for remote work, employee childcare challenges and commuting issues, according to the survey. 

A number of employers, the release noted, have added new benefits to entice workers to return to their workplaces. 

“Nearly one-third of employers are offering incentives not offered pre-COVID-19 to employees who return to the office,” the release said. “The most common benefits offered include free or subsidized meals, transportation benefits (e.g., discounted parking or rideshare services) and child care support.”

Nearly half — 49% — of the companies that chose to share their vaccination policies with the Partnership said they were requiring non-exempt employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Thirty-nine percent implemented “vaccine or testing” policies for in-office employees, while 11% said they had no vaccination policy in place.