Seventeen Irish businesses are trialing a 4 day work week for 6 months between June & December 2022

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4 Day Work Week in Ireland

Although Ireland hasn’t officially adopted a 4 day work week, the country is participating in a 6 month, 4 day work week pilot program that will last from June until December of 2022. The pilot is sponsored by 4 Day Week, a global group campaigning to bring the 4 day work week to countries across the world.

17 Irish companies are participating in the trial program, which is being monitored by researchers from Boston University and University College Dublin. The goal of the program is to determine whether the 4 day work week can increase employee wellness and productivity while reducing carbon emissions.

Working Hours in Ireland

The average work week in Ireland is 39 hours. By law, an employee’s work week cannot exceed 48 hours on average. This means that an employee’s hours can vary from week to week as long as over a given period (4 months in most industries) the average does not exceed 48 hours.

Ireland’s standard working hours are generally Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5:30 PM, with work rarely occurring on the weekends. Most businesses close between 12:30 and 2 PM for lunch.

Overtime is allowed in Ireland, but there aren’t any standardized laws governing the rate of overtime pay. The terms of overtime work and pay are outlined in the employment contract.

Vacation Policy in Ireland

In Ireland, most employees are granted a minimum of 20 paid vacation days, or 4 weeks, per year. Some employees may be entitled to more vacation time if it’s part of their employment contract.

There are 9 paid public holidays in Ireland every year. If an employee is required to work on a public holiday, they are compensated with either an extra vacation day or an extra day of pay.

When an employee leaves their job, they are entitled to cash out any vacation days or paid holidays that they have earned but not taken.

Part Time Working in Ireland

Compared to many countries, Ireland has a high rate of part time employment at 29% of the total workforce. The percentage of part time workers has steeply declined in recent years, dropping from 40% to 29% between 2020 and 2021.

Women are more likely to work part time in Ireland than men. Part time workers make up 39% of the total female workforce, while only 21% of the total male workforce works part time.

Remote Working in Ireland

Since the start of Covid-19, Ireland has experienced a massive rise in remote workers. According to survey data from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office, only 23% of Ireland’s workforce had ever worked remotely before the pandemic.

Since Covid-19, 80% of employees in Ireland have worked part time at some point, and 90% of workers between the ages of 35 and 44 would like to continue remote work going forward.

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