The Irish economy is now a tech company, but many people still prefer to work in their homes, rather than the city centre, according to a new study.
The report by the IT, Research and Education Institute (IRI) found that the number of IT jobs in Ireland has nearly doubled since 2007, and a growing number of people are being lured to the south of the country.
The study, released on Monday, also found that about 60pc of people in Ireland work for the state in some capacity, up from 45pc a decade ago.
More than 70pc of those surveyed were in IT jobs.
IRI chief executive Michael O’Neill said the findings, which were based on a survey of almost 1,000 people, showed the sector is still very important to the economy.
“People don’t just want to be a software engineer.
They want to do the right things, and be able to contribute to the business,” he said.
The IT jobs created in 2016 rose by 4.2pc, or 1,200, while the number who worked in IT-related services and services grew by 1.7pc, which equates to a net gain of 8,700 jobs.
The number of Irish-born IT professionals grew by more than 60pc to 9,800.IRI president Eoin MacNeill said IT jobs were a “significant source of economic growth” and “have been growing in line with population growth”.
“But they have also become a more challenging place to find work, with the IT workforce having been hit hard by automation,” he added.
“This has left the workforce increasingly dependent on home-based work and precarious working arrangements.”
It is a significant challenge to address, as we do not have a single national strategy to address this challenge.
“He said there was no clear national plan for IT jobs, with a number of initiatives being pursued across the EU.
He said the country was not alone in this, with some countries in Europe including Denmark, Spain and Germany also having a high number of jobs created at home.”
The IT industry employs more than 2,000,000 in the UK, Ireland and the US.”
Our high levels of unemployment, coupled with a strong and growing labour force demand, mean that there are large numbers of jobs for Irish-based IT professionals in the country.”
The IT industry employs more than 2,000,000 in the UK, Ireland and the US.