A new survey has found that 53% of respondents working from home and living in rural locations are struggling due to issues around their working location, such as poor broadband infrastructure. 

The survey, from broadband and telecoms provider Pure Telecom, also reveals that one third of remote office workers in Dublin share this problem.
Pure Telecom said that remote office workers in Connacht surveyed are the worst affected, with 44% saying their location has had a negative impact on their productivity when working from home. 

The research also found that most office workers would like to continue working remotely at least some of the time. 

32% of those working from home said they would like the flexibility to work from home occasionally post-Covid-19 and 28% said they would like to do so on a full-time basis.

But despite the appetite for greater flexibility around remote working in the future, Pure Telecom's research found that 18% of office workers working from home surveyed do not believe that their employer will give them the option. This rises to 26% in rural areas.

The CEO of Pure Telecom, Paul Connell, said that remote working is here to stay. 

Mr Connell said remote working is making people more productive and it is giving them a better work/life balance.

" But once again, it thrusts the need for fast and reliable broadband across Ireland into the fore. Our research shows that many office workers have faced serious disadvantages solely because of where they live, which is unacceptable and not sustainable in the digital era," the CEO said. 

Mr Connell said that as workers nationwide confront the reality of Level 5 restrictions, any proposed return to office life will likely be delayed, meaning more and more workers will be logging in from home for the foreseeable future. 

"As such, it is crucial that all remote workers nationwide have access to reliable broadband infrastructure to ensure their home working is as seamless and as productive as possible," he added.