Homeworking Hassle: Employees end up footing the bill for working from home, says Regus survey

Two thirds of homeworkers say employers don’t contribute to equipping the workspace

The vast majority of home workers in Ireland are having to meet the associated costs of equipping and maintaining their workspace themselves according to the latest research by workplace provider, Regus.

The survey found that only a third of people working from home in Ireland (33%) received contributions from their firm towards kitting out their home office. If a company subsidising the cost of a worker’s home office is unusual, an employer covering all the costs is particularly rare. 82% say most companies that encourage their employees to work from home do not cover all the costs of creating and maintaining a professional workspace.

The costs to equip and maintain a home office can be substantial. Over a quarter (26%) of respondents report that it would take a whole monthly salary for them to fit out a professional working space within their home. Additionally, the survey reveals that the average cost of running a home office in Ireland is over €3000 a year. Two fifths (40%) of workers think that most companies encouraging their employees to work from home are simply trying to transfer the workspace cost onto the employee.

Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus comments: “The cost of furnishing a home office is substantial so if this expense is passed onto employees, companies could find themselves flouting health and safety laws as well as lacking the necessary insurance cover. Nevertheless, the financial benefits of remote working for both staff and employer are clear. By cutting commuting times and working more flexibly staff become more productive and more likely to remain loyal.

“A far better solution is for companies to offer workers the chance to use a fully equipped, professional, flexible workspace close to home. Not only will they be safe in the knowledge that they are complying with health and safety rules, but they will know staff have access to the right equipment and technology for a predictable monthly cost.”



Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,500 business centres in 106 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1million members want support – city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.regus.com