A new study has revealed a decline in the numbers of people working from home.

The report was compiled by the Western Development Commission and is based on the most recent CSO data.

It shows that nationally in 2022, 28% of workers said they were usually working from home, down from 37% a year earlier.

The study has also highlighted significant regional differences.

The region with the highest rate of people who said they usually work from home is Dublin at 39%.

The Midlands had the lowest rate of 20.9%.

Compared to pre-pandemic levels, every region has shown a very significant increase in the number of people working from home.

This ranges from a doubling of the rate in the Border region to a more than sixfold increase in the Dublin region.

All regions experienced a decline in the rates of working from home between 2021 and 2022, following the lifting of Government Covid guidelines.

"This research shows that there is regional employment growth across the board but that it is particularly strong in sectors with greater work from home potential," said Tomás Ó Síocháin, Chief Executive of the Western Development Commission.

"Sustaining both trends should be a key focus through Government initiatives such as the National Hub Network/connectedhubs.ie to allow those living in rural and regional areas, not only to get a job but build a career as well," he added.