Nearly a third of workers would change jobs, even if it means a pay cut, if their remote work preferences aren’t facilitated, according to the third annual National Remote Work Survey.
37% of those surveyed said they would switch jobs to remote work, even if it meant fewer opportunities for promotion.
30% also indicated that they will change jobs even if it means a pay cut, with 33% saying “maybe”.
Overall, the study found that 95% of people believe that working remotely has made their lives easier.
Of those able to work remotely, 52% were currently working hybrid, 40% were fully remote, and only 8% were fully onsite.
Nearly half of those surveyed, 49%, said they work more hours while working remotely compared to working onsite, and 45% say they work the same hours.
Researchers from the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission collected responses from more than 8,400 employees, in late April and early May, about their current remote work experience.
Professor Alma McCarthy from NUI Galway said this year’s survey contained a new module asking whether remote work was a key factor in switching jobs.
“It is interesting to see that of those who have changed employers since the Covid-19 outbreak, almost half, 47%, indicated that remote work was a key factor in their decision to change employers,” he said.
50% of respondents said their organization has confirmed how they will work in the future, with 61% indicating they will work hybrid, 30% will work fully remote, and only 9% will work fully on-site .
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Tomás Ó Síocháin, executive director of the Western Development Commission, said the results of the national survey indicated that Irish workers expect to continue working remotely all the time or find a balance according to their lifestyle.
“Leaders will now be challenged to find ways to support their staff and find that balance to avoid retention issues,” he said.
Rural and Community Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys said the government would use the survey results to help it make the right decisions in the area of remote work.
“The Government’s Rural Development Policy, Our Rural Future, clearly recognizes the vital role that remote working can play in achieving balanced regional development. At a time when there is a shortage in the labor market, remote work can help companies attract and retain talent,” he said. .