Irish workers are burning the midnight oil, according to Regus survey

Irish professionals say they are working outside of their usual hours more than five years ago

Seven in ten Irish professionals (71%) are required to work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago, according to a recent research from workspace provider Regus. This is significantly higher than the global average of 66%. The survey canvassed the opinions of business people from across Ireland on their attitudes and approaches to work.

Nearly two thirds of workers (65%) say that fixed hours are no longer suited to their duties; perhaps offering some explanation as to why so much extra time is spent at the office. 74% of respondents also reported a rise in remote workers, further suggesting that the concept of 9-5 day in the office is outdated.

One Irish businessman who has embraced a more flexible way of working is Giles Newsome, founder of Concorde CS Consulting, which helps businesses with Digital Strategy and Change Management.

He explains: “When I started my company a couple of months ago I immediately decided that I didn’t want a full time office. Working practices are evolving and the idea of having a fixed office where I work from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, seemed unnecessary and old fashioned. I knew I wanted to operate on a more agile basis and Regus Businessworld accommodates that perfectly. I use workspace in the business lounges in Dublin when I need to, which is a far more flexible and cost-effective way of doing things. I also find I can be far more productive when I work in a way that suits me.”

Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus said “These findings clearly show that Irish working practices continue to evolve. The fact that so many workers finding that ‘regular’ hours no longer suit their roles, should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices.

“Our customers frequently say that implementing flexible working has a strong impact on the productivity and well-being of employees. Many companies still make the mistake of associating flexible working solely with home working, however, dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work wherever and whenever it suits them.”




Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 3000 business centres in 120 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 1.8million 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: