Pure Telecom, Ireland’s high-speed broadband and telecoms provider, today announces the results of a survey that finds that women are more likely than men to leave their job for more flexible working conditions. The survey, carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Pure Telecom, also found that slow or unreliable internet connections are preventing office workers from enjoying the benefits of remote working.
Pure Telecom’s research found that 45% of female office workers surveyed would leave their job for one that offered more remote working options, compared to 33% of men. And, age is a factor in women’s attitudes towards remote working. Some 57% of female office workers in their 30s say they would leave their current job for a more flexible one, compared to 40% of men in the same age group.
The survey found that more than half (56%) of office workers believe they could work remotely more often without it negatively impacting their work. Almost half of those (48%) say they can’t work from home more often because their boss doesn’t allow it, while 12% say their internet isn’t reliable or fast enough to facilitate the connectivity required to work remotely.
The research also revealed that the average office worker would be willing to take a 6% reduction in salary if it meant they could work remotely – rising to 7% for women and reducing to 5% for men. Gen Z office workers would be willing to take a 13% reduction in salary.
Pure Telecom’s survey also looked into the amount of time office workers spend commuting to and from work each week. It found that the average office worker spends 10.4 hours commuting each week – amounting to 511.7 hours, or just over 21 days, per office worker per year.
Paul Connell, CEO and co-founder, Pure Telecom, said: “At a time when we are trying to get more women in the workforce, remote working seems like an obvious move to help more women to enter – or get back into – the workforce. Giving employees the ability to work from anywhere provides them the flexibility to work productively while also meeting their personal commitments.
“The businesses with the best talent today are the ones who ensure their employees have a healthy work/life balance. And while commute times may not seem like a lot when you look at them on a daily or weekly basis, it all adds up. Time spent commuting could instead be spent on more quality time with family, carrying out errands or going to the gym – without it impacting on an employee’s work. Today’s workers know that the technology and connectivity for effective remote working is readily available and as our research shows, businesses who don’t take advantage of it will lose out.
“This research also raises concerns around broadband connectivity across the country. With all the talk around 5G at the moment, it is worrying that many people don’t even have the internet connection needed to facilitate working from home. High-speed broadband is continuing to be rolled out to premises across the country and the availability of this will be essential in boosting employee satisfaction and retention everywhere.”
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