Forty three percent of Irish adults said they would not like to return to the office at all once the pandemic is over, while 51% of those surveyed said they would like to be able to work from home at least part-time. This is according to the survey of more than 1,000 adults living in Ireland which was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Esri Ireland.
When choosing a location to live, the survey uncovered a wide variety of factors that feed into homeowners and renters decision making process. More than three-quarters of respondents say the cost of renting or buying a property is a key consideration, making it the number one factor. Other top considerations include proximity to work, chosen by 59%, and distance to shops, cited by half of adults.
The impact of COVID-19 on people’s decision about where they would like to live was also explored in the research, with one-in-ten saying they would like to move to a more rural setting post-pandemic This translates to 366,000 Irish adults. Despite the possibility of more people considering moving to rural locations, the survey also found that numerous discrepancies between access to amenities and services in rural and urban settings.
Of those living in rural locations, 39% believe that they have poor or very poor access to healthcare. Some 34% said access to Garda and emergency services is poor or very poor and 32% said likewise for access to libraries - all rating worse than their urban and suburban counterparts.
The research also found there to be some serious concerns about 5G masts in vicinity of a property. Almost half (47%) of adults in Ireland said that they would be unhappy to have a 5G base station erected within 500m of their home, with 44% of those saying that the impact on their health is their main concern.
Commenting on the research, Managing Director at Esri Ireland, Paul Synnott said, "The insights revealed as part of our survey into where we live are very interesting – particularly given the last year of remote working. COVID-19 has made all of us more aware of our localities and the various amenities available to us. With more people considering a move to a more permanent working-from-home set-up, this survey highlights areas where locals are not adequately served by essential services and amenities."
He added, "Using location intelligence, city and county planners can better determine areas requiring additional public and private sector investment, to ensure a growing and more dispersed remote workforce has access to adequate supports and amenities. This is not limited to services that simply enable remote working, but extends to the recreational, educational, retail, healthcare and childcare facilities that we all need to navigate our daily lives."