30% of Irish Employees Would Change Jobs if Remote Work Isn´t a Possibility


The Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, and the Western Development Commission conducted a survey to find out more about remote work preferences. The survey revealed that 30% of respondents would change jobs – even if they have a lower salary – if their remote working preferences are not facilitated.

Remote work has become a priority for employees in today´s workplace scenario. Several surveys have proved how rather than salary or other benefits, what employees seek more than anything, is flexibility.

Ireland & Remote Work

The survey collected responses from 8,400 employees about their current remote work experience. For most respondents, remote work impacts how they view an organization, increasing retention and engagement.

These are some of the key findings:

  • 30% are willing to change their jobs if they are not offered remote work possibilities
  • 88% strongly agree that their organization needs to provide flexible arrangements to attract staff
  • 90% agree that remote work is important to retain staff.
  • 33% indicated that they would change to a lower-paying job if it meant having remote work possibilities

Among the conclusions, Tomás Ó Síocháin, Chief Executive of the Western Development Commission, said that Irish workers, after the pandemic, now expect to continue working remotely either full time or to find the balance that matches their lifestyle. 


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