Don’t be fooled, Ireland’s broadband problems are far from over, affecting rural and urban remote workers alike warns Pure Telecom.

More than half (53pc) of office workers working from home and living in rural locations are struggling with home working due to poor broadband infrastructure.

In Dublin, one-third of office workers are struggling with sub-par broadband.

“Many office workers have faced serious disadvantages solely because of where they live, which is unacceptable and not sustainable in the digital era”

Pure Telecom’s survey found that remote office workers in Connaught surveyed are the worst affected, with 44pc saying their location has had a negative impact on their productivity when working from home.

The hybrid future of work in Ireland

Man standing on stairs.

Paul Connell, CEO, Pure Telecom

The research also found that most office workers would like to continue working remotely at least some of the time.

Almost one-third (32pc) of those working from home said they would like the flexibility to work from home occasionally post-Covid-19 and 28pc said they would like to do so on a full-time basis.

Those working from home in the private sector are far more likely to want to work from home all of the time, with 31pc of respondents saying they would like this as an option versus 22pc of those working in the public sector. Just 7pc of respondents said that they never want to work remotely again.

Despite the appetite for greater flexibility around remote working in the future, Pure Telecom’s research found that 18pc of office workers working from home surveyed do not believe that their employer will give them the option, rising to 26pc in rural areas.

“Remote working is here to stay. It is making people more productive and it is giving them a better work/life balance,” explained Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom.

“But once again, it thrusts the need for fast and reliable broadband across Ireland into the fore. Our research shows that many office workers have faced serious disadvantages solely because of where they live, which is unacceptable and not sustainable in the digital era.

“As workers nationwide confront the reality of level 5 restrictions, any proposed return to office life will likely be delayed, meaning more and more workers will be logging in from home for the foreseeable future. As such, it is crucial that all remote workers nationwide have access to reliable broadband infrastructure to ensure their home working is as seamless and as productive as possible,” Connell said.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 13 November, 2020

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