23% of Irish workers under 44 use AI at work

Usage of artificial intelligence tools highest among males and high-income earners.

Almost a quarter (23%) of people in the Irish workplace under the age of 44 use artificial intelligence (AI) daily to enhance their operational efficiency at work.

That’s according to a survey by Digital Business Ireland, a representative body for digital and online businesses.

“Artificial intelligence offers businesses an opportunity that is simply too good to ignore”

The poll was recently commissioned by Digital Business Ireland and carried out by leading research agency, Ireland Thinks, who asked respondents if they are using AI tools in their daily life to enhance their productivity at work.

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Those using AI to enhance their operational efficiency consisted of 27% of 18 to 34 year-olds and 19% of 35 to 44-year-olds.

23% of those earning over €80,000 per annum use AI daily, with 19% of those earning between €50,000 to 80,000 doing similarly.

By comparison, only 8% of those earning €20,000 to 30,000 use AI daily. 

Male respondents were more likely to use AI tools than their female counterparts – but only by a small margin – 14% to 11%. 

“DBI’s research findings show that, while many workers in Ireland have taken to using AI tools at work, uptake among the lower income bracket is still quite low,” said Caroline Dunlea, chair of Digital Business Ireland.

“For this reason, it is important that a targeted funding envelope is considered for SMEs to enable and empower them to train their workforce, while availing of the operational efficiencies and data driven outcomes.

Given the growth in usage of AI tools, DBI in its recently released EU Election Manifesto, called on the European Commission to invest more in programmes such as the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition that can facilitate SMEs and other businesses with upskilling, learning and training opportunities.

The organisation also called on the Irish Government to prioritise the digital affairs brief when nominating a new representative to the EU Commission. 

“Artificial Intelligence offers businesses an opportunity that is simply too good to ignore,” Dunlea said.

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