One in Every Seven Irish Job Ads Offers Remote Work

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Ireland’s latest quarterly Labour Market Report by IDA (Industrial Development Agency) revealed that one in every seven jobs ads now offer remote work. The interest in jobs that offer remote working has tripled since last year. 

The agency’s 4th quarterly Labour Market Pulse report, which looks at trends across the Irish job markets, identified that there are mainly 3 industries offering remote work opportunities. The first one is software and IT services, followed by corporate services and financial services. 

IDA Ireland produced the report in partnership with LinkedIn and Microsoft – it covered a three-month period from July to September 2021. It combines data from LinkedIn’s Irish members with publicly available data from IDA Ireland and the Central Statistics Office.

The report revealed that the interest in remote jobs tripled in a year. And according to LinkedIn’s data, jobs offering remote work make up 15% of all job views and 16% of all job applications. Last year it was 5% views and 5% applications being made for similar positions. Another key finding from the report was that the remote job postings in the country were similar to the global average, which is 14% in the third quarter of 2021.

The future of work, fast-tracked by a year-long remote working experiment, prompts a reassessment of where people work. The increase in remote working opportunities allows employers to tap into the talent base across all regions of Ireland.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland

Finally, in addition to the Labour Market Report, LinkedIn commissioned research surveying more than 100 C-level executives in Ireland during August 2021 to understand their future plans in terms of remote working. 79% said that their short-term plan is to invest in their company’s digital transformation to support new ways of working.


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