A new survey from the Central Statistics Office reveals that 90% of those aged between 35 and 44 years who could work remotely would like to do so when Covid-19 pandemic restrictions end.

The CSO's 'Our Lives Online Pulse Survey' also shows that 80% of those in employment have worked remotely at some point since the start of the pandemic.

This compares to just 23% having worked remotely at some point before the outbreak of Covid.

Of the 90% of those workers who would like to work remotely, 28% said they would like to do so all the time, while 60% said they would like to work remotely some of the time.

Just 12% said they would not like to work remotely in the future.

Today's survey also reveals that 58% of those not in employment would consider taking a job if it could be done remotely.

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The CSO said that respondents who could work remotely and living in the Mid-East Region - Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow - as well as those who used public transport and those whose travel time to work before the pandemic was more than one hour were more likely to say they would like to work remotely after all pandemic restrictions are removed.

The survey also shows that 9% of participants who rated their home broadband as excellent would not like to work remotely in the future. This figure rose to 15% for those who rated their home broadband as poor.

74% of those who work remotely said they felt they had more time on their hands, because of remote work, to do things they never got the chance to do before the pandemic.


The latest CSO study on remote working

The most popular activity undertaken by remote workers who felt they had extra time was domestic or household tasks with 69% picking this activity as one of the things they do now with more women (73%) than men (66%) using some extra time for this.

Meanwhile, 38% of those in employment would consider a house move if they could work remotely, while a further 7% said they have already moved because they could work remotely.

Compared to when they are in their workplace, 73% of survey respondents said that when they work remotely they take less car trips, while 34% take more trips on a bicycle and 50% take more trips on foot.

The survey also shows that 24% of those who can work remotely and who would like to do so from a remote work hub, or a combination of home and a remote work hub live in rented accommodation.

This figure falls to 16% for those whose tenure is owner-occupied.

Of those who said they would consider using a remote-work hub, 44% said they would travel up to 15 minutes to get to one, with an additional 45% saying they would travel up to double that time.

Mary Connaughton, Director of CIPD Ireland

Mary Connaughton, Director of CIPD Ireland, the organisation representing HR professionals, said today's CSO figures are very useful in informing what we can expect future workplaces in Ireland to look like.

"The broad success of an enforced switch to remote and hybrid working has been well documented over the past two years," she said.

"The significance of this survey is that it’s been released amid multiple reports that we could soon see further lifting of restrictions around the pandemic," she added.

Ms Connaughton said the survey findings suggest that employers who facilitate a supportive remote and flexible working policy will have access to a wider pool of valuable talent.

"It’s very encouraging to see that 75% of respondents who were engaged on home duties and 69% of those unable to work due to longstanding health problems would consider employment if it could be done remotely," she said.