New study reveals best Irish counties for remote work

With the right to work remotely recently protected by law, a new study has revealed the best Irish counties for remote work.

New study reveals best Irish counties for remote work.

The lockdowns imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic had myriad effects on daily life. One such effect that persists to the present day is remote working.

For better or worse, many people set up home offices during lockdown and proved capable of fulfilling their duties from the comfort of their own homes.

Moreover, the Irish government recently introduced legislation that allows all employees to request remote working. The law states that employees can request remote working from the first day, but must complete six months of service before it can start.

So, with remote work increasingly becoming the norm for many across the country, a new study by Virgin Media has revealed the best Irish counties for remote work.

Rent prices and broadband speed – key factors for remote working

A laptop, water bottle, and phone on a desk in a home office.
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As one of the country’s most popular telecommunications providers, Virgin Media sought to work out the best Irish counties for remote work.

It analysed seven key metrics that have a significant impact on remote working and work-life balance: rent prices, broadband speed, air quality, sunlight hours, crime rates, number of local restaurants, and number of available primary schools.

Each of these factors was given a score between zero and one, with the individual scores then added to provide an overall score.

County Kerry – the best Irish county for remote work

A landscape shot of Cahersiveen, County Kerry. Kerry is one of the best Irish counties for remote work.
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Virgin Media found County Kerry to be the best Irish county for remote work.

Rent in Kerry costs, on average, €1,035 per month. While this is considerably higher than many other Irish counties, it represents a much more appealing picture than the monthly €2,102 renters pay in Dublin.

Of course, when it comes to working from home, broadband speeds are crucial, and the Kingdom boasts broadband speeds of 83.35 Mbps.

With low crime rates, high air quality, hours of sunlight, primary school places, and upwards of 600 restaurants, Kerry is also among the best counties in Ireland when it comes to quality of life and work-life balance.

Elsewhere on the list – Clare and Laois

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The remainder of the top three on Virgin Media’s list comprised Clare and Laois.

On top of good broadband speed and affordable rent, Virgin Media cited County Clare’s 1305.12 annual sunlight hours as a particular highlight.

According to the study, County Laois boasts the fastest broadband in the country, with download speeds averaging 249.79 Mbps. Moreover, its ample green spaces and tight-knit community will help remote workers “feel a sense of belonging”.

The rest of the list went as follows:

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