27% of people in West would consider moving house if they could work remotely

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Twenty-seven percent of people in the West would consider moving house if they could work remotely, a new CSO survey has revealed.

The survey, carried out in November, also found that almost 70% of people unable to work due to long-standing health problems would consider employment if it could be done remotely.

Just 3% of remote workers whose main mode of transport to work prior to the pandemic was a car are making more trips by car on days they work remotely.

Almost two in 10 workers (18%) would like to work from a remote work hub or a combination of home and a remote work hub when pandemic restrictions end

Three in four (75%) respondents who were engaged on home duties would also consider employment if it could be done remotely.

Statistician Dermot Kinane said that since the start of the pandemic, the work conditions of those in employment in Ireland has changed dramatically with access to workplaces restricted as part of public health measures.

“This is why the CSO has produced ‘Our Lives Online: Remote Work’, which is the second publication to be produced from this Pulse survey as part of the CSO ‘Take Part’ campaign,” he said.

“Respondents were asked a series of questions about their current and future working arrangements and the impact remote work has had on their work-life balance.

“The results show how conditions have changed with eight in 10 (80%) of those in employment having worked remotely at some point since the start of the pandemic from just under one in four (23%) having worked remotely at some point before then.”

The online survey was available between 2 November and 16 November 2021 and received 10,797 responses from those aged 18 years and older living in the Republic.