WeWork has added a 'pay-as-you-go' option to some of its Dublin offices as part of an expansion of its services.

WeWork rents out desk and office space to individuals and businesses, with customers generally paying on a monthly basis.

Last year the company made it possible for North American customers to rent desk space by the day and conference rooms by the hour, and that is now being extended to some of its properties in Ireland.

It will also be available to customers in the UK, Singapore and Australia from today.

WeWork currently operates across four locations in Dublin, with a fifth - at the previous site of the Central Bank headquarters - set to open in April 2022.

At the moment its offices on Charlemont Street and at Dublin Landings on the city's North Wall Quay will offer space on-demand.

Dedicated desks are currently available for €45 each per day, while conference rooms are priced at €15 per hour.

WeWork said the rollout was in response to an increased demand for flexibility in the way people are working.

"With the expansion of pay-as-you-go access to spaces in major markets across the UK, Ireland, Singapore, and Australia, we're providing more workers with the choice and tools to decide how, where, and when they want to work, right from their phones," said WeWork's International president and COO Samit Chopra.

WeWork was founded in 2010 and quickly grew to become one of the biggest providers of flexible work space in the world, attaining a valuation of $47 billion in early 2019.

It had planned a stock flotation for later that year, however questions about its business model, finances and controversy around its founder Adam Neumann led that to be scrapped.

In April 2020 main backer, SoftBank, wrote down its stake in WeWork by $6.6 billion.

The difficulties faced by the business have been compounded by the pandemic, with WeWork posting a $2.1 billion loss in its first quarter in May of this year.

In March, WeWork announced plans to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company BowX Acquisition Corp.

The deal values WeWork at $9 billion.