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Nearly Half Of Irish Workers Reject Jobs Without Remote Options

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Irish workers are increasingly willing to reject job offers that do not include remote or hybrid working options, research finds.

Stepstone Group, the company behind IrishJobs, has conducted a new global survey.

It revealed that almost half of the more than 1,700 Irish respondents would turn down a job if it lacked remote work options, compared to a global average of 29 percent.

This research, conducted in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and a global alliance of over 70 recruitment sites, is the first installment of the Decoding Global Talent study since 2021.

It underscores the high priority Irish jobseekers place on work-life balance, which remains unchanged since the last survey. 

Financial compensation has risen six places on the list of priorities, reflecting the impact of inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

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Based on a survey of over 150,000 employees in 188 countries, the study highlights a strong preference among Irish employees for remote and hybrid working arrangements. 

Sam Dooley, country director of Stepstone Group Ireland, said: “With nearly half of jobseekers willing to turn down opportunities that do not provide hybrid or fully remote working options, employers should ensure they’re evolving their policies to address these needs and comply with new government guidelines on the right to request remote work.”

A 2023 study by the University of Galway and the Western Development Commission found that 59 percent of respondents worked in a hybrid arrangement last year, 38 percent worked fully remotely, and only 3 percent were on-site. 

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This trend towards hybrid working influences other aspects of the labour force, including home buying. 

A report by the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland noted nearly a quarter of first-time homebuyers borrowed against a property in a different county than where they were living, thanks to the flexibility of remote work.

The Stepstone research also reveals shifting work preferences across different age groups in Ireland. 

For professionals aged 21 and above, a good work-life balance is the most important job element. 

However, for workers under 21, interesting job content is the top priority. 

Financial compensation is the second most important factor for professionals aged 21-50, while good relationships with colleagues take precedence over monetary considerations for workers aged 51 and above.

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