CSO Survey: “Our Lives Online: Remote Work”

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work-Insights




The main purpose of this survey is to give insights into the uptake of remote working in Ireland. Summary findings of the survey conducted in November 2021 are as follows: 

  • Eighty percent of respondents in employment have worked remotely at some time since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 23% who had worked remotely at some point before.
  • Sixty-five percent of those in employment are currently working remotely either all or some of the time.
  • Of those in employment who can remote work, 88% would like to do so when all pandemic restrictions are removed. 28% would like to do so all of the time and 60% some of the time. Interest was highest for those aged 35-44. 
  • Half of those in employment who have not worked remotely but whose job could be done remotely would work that way if it were offered to them in their current employment.
  • Thirty percent of those in employment whose job could not be done remotely with their current employer would be attracted to a new job that could. 
  • Sixty percent of those not in employment would consider employment if it could be done remotely.
  • Seventy-five percent of remote workers said they feel they have more time because of remote work, to do things they never got the chance to do before the pandemic. This was highest for those with a longer commuting journey. It included more time for domestic work, exercising, meeting family and friends, caring for children, and further education. 
  • 40% of those in employment would consider a house move if they could work remotely. This was highest for those who lived in the Dublin region, for those aged 18-34 and those living in rented accommodation. Seven percent of respondents said they have already moved because they could work remotely.
  • Ninety-eight percent of those who were working remotely, were doing so from home. The remainder were working from a remote work hub, or a combination of home and a remote work hub.


When asked from where they would like to work remotely after all pandemic restrictions are lifted, 18% said they would work from a remote work hub or a combination of home and a remote work hub. This interest was highest for those in the West and Mid-East regions, with persons aged 18 to 34 years, and those with poorer home broadband.

Main Takeaway
Given current health advice for the removal of the recommendation of people to work at home and for a phased return to the workplace, the Remote Work survey has valuable insights for employers on the uptake and interest of remote working among employed and those seeking work, and for the design and development of the national network remote work hubs. The findings of the CSO Remote Work survey can be read HERE.



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