A recent report has found that one in five job advertisements now offer work-from-home, flexible, remote working options. This figure includes 19 percent of job postings on LinkedIn.
The news comes from the recent Labour Market Pulse report carried out by IDA Ireland in collaboration with Microsoft and LinkedIn.
Additionally, the report uncovered hiring rates within the last two months of 2021 averaged at 22 percent higher than the same stage the year prior. This increase has continued into 2022 as hiring rates in January were recorded at 28 percent higher than in January 2019.
IDA Ireland’s report analysed the three-month period between October and December 2021. They discovered Irish employers were increasingly offering remote working options and one in seven job advertisements on LinkedIn do exactly that.
This shows a 118 percent year-on-year increase in the availability of remote working roles, making Ireland one of the greatest for flexible working across eight markets. According to LinkedIn’s research, Ireland is second to Spain. France, Sweden, Germany, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands followed.
The number of job advertisements in IT and software industry groups also increased by 22 percent year on year. Other industries that saw an increase were finance at 9 percent and transport and logistics at 6 percent.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland responded in relation to the data saying, he hopes this will enable “employers to tap into the talent base across all regions of Ireland.”
VP of Microsoft International Operations, James O’Connor said the number of roles that offer remote working “demonstrates the degree to which the Irish economy is continuing to digitally transform. It’s clear an increasing number of Irish-based employers are providing greater flexibility to employees who are seeking to embrace this new era of hybrid working.”
He added: “In a climate where employers continue to face challenges in terms of attracting and retaining talent, it’s hugely positive to see hiring rates continue to grow and sectors that were more exposed to the challenges of Covid-19 begin to recover.”