Personal and Work-Life Balance Survey

Job and Life Satisfaction and Barriers to Work, CSO, April 2022


By Gerard WalkerFuture Jobs-Skills-Work-Insights


Remote workers and those who operate a hybrid work model were most satisfied with their job according to the recent CSO Personal and Work-Life Balance Survey.


Some 92% of hybrid workers surveyed declared themselves satisfied with their arrangement, while the majority of people currently in employment - 90% - were satisfied with their jobs. Indeed, 34% of employees would turn down a better paid job to stay in their current job. 


The CSO Personal and Work-Life Balance Survey collected information between July to September 2021 on how a sample of 3,060 people in Ireland balanced their work and their personal life. 


The report found that full-time workers were more likely to turn down the offer of a better paid job elsewhere whereas those on temporary or part time work were more likely to move. 


Around 40% of employees had worked remotely at some stage during 2021 with full-time workers in large organisations most likely to have worked remotely.


Persons were more likely to leave their current job if they were not satisfied with the opportunities for promotion. Another main reason given for people to move was because of work pressures caused by long working hours or not enough time to get a job done.


Respondents were asked if they were likely to leave their current job within the next six months irrespective of any offer of better pay, etc. One quarter of temporary employees said that they were likely to leave, more than double that of permanent employees. Around 20% of part-time workers said it was likely they would leave compared to 12% of full-time employees.


Overall, 17% of employees had engaged in flexible working hours arrangements. This was highest in the financial services, professional scientific and ICT sectors. While one third of managers and directors had availed of flexible working arrangements only 8% of those in the caring sector had.


Respondents not currently in employment were asked if barriers existed that prevented them from returning to work. Eighty percent cited barriers including long standing health problems (28%) caring for dependent family/friend (13%) childcare issues (11%), other Personal reasons (9%) no work available (7%). Some 20% stated that there were no barriers.


Respondents were asked about their overall satisfaction with life. This includes factors such as job and career, financial security, physical health, relationships with family and friends and community support.


Almost 90% of persons working were satisfied with their life as a whole compared to 82% of those unemployed. Persons who got support from family, friends and neighbours were more likely to be satisfied with life. Those persons in poor health and those finding it difficult to make ends meet were more likely to be more dissatisfied.


The survey results can be sourced HERE.



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