Irish workers overwhelmingly support in-office work and a large majority prefer city centre locations.
A survey by property firm Savills shows that over 70pc of Irish employees believe a permanent office space will always be necessary, compared to 54pc of respondents from across the UK and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
A large majority of Irish people - 70pc - also want to be based in a city centre location, compared to 52pc in the rest of Europe. Irish workers are the most enthusiastic supporters of city centre working, after their Czech counterparts.
Savills ‘Office FiT 2021’ survey, which polled over 100,000 real estate clients and office workers, showed that while 87pc of all EMEA workers say the office is still necessary, 27pc would still prefer to work from home.
And 71pc want bosses to better manage the flow of people so that peaks and troughs in office occupancy are more balanced.
Office leasing and commercial real estate investment in Ireland picked up in the second quarter of this year after a lull in 2020.
The office sector is expected to dominate in the second half of 2021 as several high-profile buildings go up for sale - including Charlemont House, overlooking the Grand Canal in Dublin city centre.
“Current leasing activity in the Dublin market confirms that the future of the office is bright - but it will also be different,” said Andrew Cunningham, director of offices at Savills Ireland.
Source – The Irish Independent