Originally Posted by hello2020
This. Remote working means Business will move jobs from Dublin to cheaper places like India (not to some counties in Ireland).
Already large MNCs like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Accenture etc have more employees in India than say Ireland or any European countries.
IBM alone employs some 130,000 in India !
Where it is feasible it is already been done in large multinationals - Covid has no impact on this business case for them.
The vast majority of people employed in Ireland are employed with SMEs and I don't see how many of these could even look at or think about outsourcing normal jobs abroad - we actually have call centres here who are outsourcing for MNs !!
What will change is business owners looking at the costs for rent, insurance, rates, light, heat, security and support staff for physical buildings. No need to worry about car parking, traffic. Sick days reduce, productivity goes up.
Our company has reduced it's office space by about 60% in the last two years while adding a couple of extra to the headcount. The office is still there - hot desks, meeting rooms etc .. but only used when needed and we have a couple of junior engineers and finance staff based there. Generally it is younger staff who prefer to be in the office as they live in shared accommodation or with their parents and working from home isn't appealing.
What has become clear is that most business have the bare essentials regarding technology to allow remote working - and what gaps they have are easily filled. The old comms room with air conditioning will become a thing of the past as smaller companies move to AWS / Azure / Sharepoint environments (the cost is reducing by the day to get in to the cloud)