Remote working would help tackle the burden of high housing costs

By Maurice Garvey

CITYWEST company Pure Telecom has announced the results of a survey which found that 44 per cent of Irish office workers believe remote working would help to tackle the burden of high housing costs.

The survey also revealed 19 per cent of office workers would move to a more affordable location if they, or their partner, could work from home.

Paul Connell CEO Pure Telecom compressor

Paul Connell, CEO of Pure Telecom

 Younger generations are most likely to move to a more affordable location for more flexibility – with 57 per cent of Gen Zs saying they would consider moving, followed by 54 per cent of Millennials.

The average worker believes that they would save €5,000 every year if they didn’t have to travel to the office every day, with just over one-in-ten saying they could save €25,152 each year.

 Paul Connell, CEO and co-founder of Pure Telecom, said: “People work to earn money – not so they can be put out of pocket.

But the fact is that many office workers, who could just as effectively carry out their jobs at home some or all of the time, are forced to come into the office every day.

This has an impact on where they live and therefore the cost of housing, childcare and much more.

 “When people are worried about money, it affects their personal and professional lives.

Remote working could give workers the option to move away from high-cost living areas and therefore reduce some of the stress associated with paying their bills every month.

 “As the National Broadband Plan is rolled out, more and more people and businesses will have access to high-speed broadband to facilitate remote working.

Our research has found that 56 per cent of office workers believe they could work remotely more often without it negatively impacting their work.

So with the tools and technology available, it is time for Ireland’s businesses to get out of the old-fashioned way of thinking.”

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