More people working from home, while those doing “homework” are declining

The number of people primarily working from home has tripled since the pandemic, while the number whose primary occupation is “homework” has fallen by a third.

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics shows that 22.5 percent of people “usually” worked from home – defined as at least half of their total working days – in the three months to September, compared with 7.3 percent in the same period of September year 2019 .

The number of people who normally work from home was highest in Dublin at 30 per cent, while border countries had the highest number of people who never worked from home at 79.3 per cent.

At the same time, the number of people whose main occupation was “fulfilling household chores” fell by 33.6 percent in three years.

Compared to before the pandemic, slightly more women are working full-time and slightly fewer part-time, the CSO said.

In the third quarter of 2022, 40.7 percent of full-time employees were women, up from 39.5 percent in the same period in 2019.

Part-time workers are now 67.5 percent female, up from 70.4 percent in 2019.

Women accounted for 46.3 percent of all employees in the third quarter, up slightly from 45.8 percent in 2019.

The data follows recent research from the Central Bank of Ireland showing that female employment hit a record high in 2021 at around 60 per cent of the labor force.

However, the bank said the trend was not initiated by the Covid work-from-home rules but is a longer-term trend, with more women over 35 entering and staying in the workforce.

Nine out of 10 employees (90.5 percent) were permanent in the third quarter of this year, CSO data also showed.

In the third quarter of this year, the self-employed worked an average of 6.6 hours more than employees.

Most people were employed in the “employed” group. More people working from home, while those doing “homework” are declining

Fry Electronics Team

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