Irish workers lost out on an estimated €6,000 in earnings due to the pandemic 5 months ago

Irish workers lost out on an estimated €6,000 in earnings due to the pandemic

Over 6 in 10 workers surveyed are considering moving jobs.

Irish workers may have lost out on an estimated €6,000 due to the pandemic.

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The figure was published in a new survey by LinkedIn on Wednesday (19 January).

63% of the 1,001 professionals surveyed are considering changing jobs this year.

Using CSO data, this equates to 1.4 million workers looking for new employment in 2022.

Over a quarter of workers surveyed who didn't change jobs due to a lack of confidence or not wanting to switch during the pandemic said that they believe they potentially missed out on additional earnings since March of 2020.

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The average earnings loss is suspected to be over €6,000.

Almost three-quarters of professionals with careers of up to two years are considering switching jobs this year.

65% of workers with careers between 1-2 years also feel confident enough to push for a promotion or to find new job opportunities at work.

The LinkedIn study also showed the change in priorities for perks in work due to the prevalence of working from home.

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The top five most-desired perks for professionals looking for new employment are:

  • Access to online training (47%)
  • Credit for food delivery services like Deliveroo or JustEat (40%)
  • Access to online counselling (37%)
  • Subscriptions for mental health apps like Calm (36%)
  • Access to virtual exercise classes or personal trainers (35%)

These perks have become more attractive than office facilities like gyms or pool tables to prospective employees.

Earlier this week, 88% of workers surveyed who are currently working remotely would like to have the option to do so once restrictions have been lifted.

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This result was published in the ‘Our Lives Online’ survey from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Tuesday (18 January).

Of the 88% who said they would like the option to work from home, three in 10 respondents said they would do like to do it full time.

75% of respondents who had home duties and 69% of those unable to work due to health problems would consider employment if they could work remotely.