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Big preference for remote working post restrictions, CSO survey finds


Some 90 per cent of those aged 35-44 years who could work remotely would like to do so when pandemic restrictions end, a survey by the Central Statistics Offfice (CSO) has found.

Three in four (75 per cent) respondents who were currently engaged in home duties and almost seven in 10 of those unable to work due to health problems said they would consider employment if it could be done remotely.

The findings come in the wake of separate CSO data which appear to suggest that the pandemic and the increase incidence of remote work is facilitating greater participation in the workforce.

Participation

The CSO’s most recent Labour Force Survey indicated participation in the labour force among working age adults was 65.1 per cent in the third quarter of last year, the highest on record.

The male participation rate was up 1.6 per cent to 70.5 per cent – relative to pre-pandemic rates – while female participation was up by more than 3 per centage points to 59.8 per cent in 2021.

The CSO’s survey found that of those in employment in the mid-east region (Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow) who could work remotely, 93 per cent said they would like to do so after all pandemic restrictions are removed.

Transport

The survey also found that just 3 per cent of remote workers whose main mode of transport to work prior to the pandemic was a car were making more trips by car on days they worked remotely while 18 per cent said they would like to work from a remote work hub or a combination of home and a remote work hub when the pandemic restrictions ended.

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the work conditions of those in employment in Ireland has changed dramatically with access to workplaces restricted as part of public health measures,” the CSO’s Dermot Kinane said.



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