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Surge in demand for remote working as employees seek more flexible roles


Economist at Indeed Jack Kennedy

Economist at Indeed Jack Kennedy

12.5pc of job adverts in Ireland contained remote working terms in the job description, compared to just 2.9pc in 2019.

12.5pc of job adverts in Ireland contained remote working terms in the job description, compared to just 2.9pc in 2019.


Economist at Indeed Jack Kennedy

The demand for jobs that allow employees to work from home in Ireland has surged during the pandemic and this trend looks set to continue, according to a new survey.

Research conducted by jobs site Indeed and the OECD showed searches for jobs in Ireland allowing remote work in December 2021 were six times higher than before the pandemic.

The study was based on Indeed job postings in 20 OECD countries.

Employers appear to be looking to cater to this trend with posts for remote roles currently four times higher than pre-pandemic.

12.5pc of job adverts in Ireland contained remote working terms in the job description, compared to just 2.9pc in 2019.

The survey shows that even as the Covid-19 restrictions have eased there has not been a corresponding reduction in the level of job advertisements for remote roles, suggesting this will be a long-term trend.

Economist at Indeed, Jack Kennedy, said he believes the trend of remote working will continue into the future but that there will be “teething problems” along the way for employers.

“Ireland has seen one of the biggest increases in remote work according to this study, and it is a practice likely to persist even as the pandemic threat recedes. It does, however, raise important long-term questions,” he said.

“First, real thought needs to be given to welcoming new employees and spreading corporate culture in a hybrid environment where some staff are in the office and some at home. Secondly, management and leadership style will need to evolve to best transmit knowledge and motivate teams.”

“Finally, we must accept that whilst increasing employee flexibility was a trend pre-Covid, the process has been massively accelerated, and on this steep learning curve it is likely that there will be teething problems along the way with company policies needing to adapt and evolve.”

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The findings on the attractiveness of working from home are supported by recent CSO research which showed that of those who can work remotely, 88pc would like to do so when pandemic restrictions are lifted, 28pc full-time and 60pc favouring a hybrid arrangement.

The Indeed and OECD research shows that Ireland ranked the second highest in terms of its growth in remote postings, and the study found that countries with the stricter restrictions tended to see the biggest growth compared to those with more limited restrictions.

The study found that whilst remote work job opportunities have increased across all sectors, it has been particularly notable in areas like IT and software development.

The increase in postings for remote jobs in Dublin was nearly five times higher than the pre-pandemic level, but closer to two times higher for the rest of the country.

The study argues that public policy must evolve to try to make the most of the potential positive effects of remote working on productivity and well-being.

This may include ensuring that workers have a suitable working environment, facilitating the spread of managerial best practices, or ensuring that everyone has access to a fast, reliable and secure Internet connection.

Separately, the latest edition of Indeed’s monthly Job Search Survey for Ireland found mixed perspectives in relation to how working life changed in 2021.

25.4pc of respondents found they were less productive at work during the year, 23.2pc stated that they were more productive and 51.4pc experienced no change.

The work/life balance improved for 26.4pc of respondents, while it worsened for 24.8pc and 48.8pc experienced no change.

Co-worker relationships improved for 19.5pc of respondents, worsened for 17.2pc and remained the same for 63.3pc.

Indeed’s monthly Job Search Survey also showed a slight increase in December in the number of people in Ireland actively seeking a new role to 20pc compared to 17.9pc in November.

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