Workers are being told to change their appearance to “help to win new business” or “look nicer for the team”, a poll has found.

Offices may be closed but workplace sexism is still thriving – with women being told to dress “sexier” and wear make up for video calls, according to a new survey.

The figures from employment law firm Slater and Gordon showed 35% of women had experienced at least one sexist workplace demand since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

Reasons given for suggesting how employees should dress included saying it would “help to win new business” or that it was important to “look nicer for the team”.

The survey questioned 2,000 people who are normally based in offices but have been working from home during the lockdown.

“It was hoped that HR [human resources] departments would see a dramatic decline in reports of sexist behaviour as offices closed down across the country,” the report said.

However, it added, the survey showed that “sexism has instead found new and insidious ways to thrive online”.

It found 34% of women were asked to wear more make-up or work on their hair while 27% were told they should “dress more sexy or provocatively”.