Home-Based Working in the Western Region

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has published its latest WDC Insights Home-Based Working in the Western Region,

download here (267 KB):, which is the third in a series examining the current nature of work, focussing on work which is often home based.

Working at or from home can take different forms:

  • The WDC Policy Briefing No.7 e-Working in the Western Region: A Review of the Evidence (download here – PDF 748KB), examined the extent of e-working in the Western Region, examining those in traditional employer-employee relationships, but who work from home, whether full-time or for a period during the working week. This form of working is also illustrated with several case studies of the practice, (download here – PDF 484KB).
  • The second publication in the series, WDC Insights ‘New Work’ – the Gig economy in the Western Region, (download here – PDF 254KB), examined the nature of the gig economy and the extent to which it exists in the Western Region.
  • This WDC Insights on Home-Based Working in the Western Region examines the data on those people who work ‘mainly at or from home’ derived from the Census question ‘how do you usually travel to work?’ with one of the answers being ‘work mainly at or from home’
  • According to the Census, nationally, in 2011[1] excluding those working in the Agriculture, forestry & fishing industries[2], the share of the state’s working population reported as working mainly at or from home was 2.8% (47,127).

In the Western Region the share was higher with 3.2% (8,994) stating they worked mainly at or from home.

There is a higher rate of self-employment in the Western Region and this is likely to be a contributory factor.

  • Those working mainly at or from home represent a broad range of workers; the self-employed, employees, ‘gig’ workers and e-Workers across a broad range of sectors. They may have very little in common except their place of work, which is less visible than traditional work places.

Better data is needed to capture and measure the incidence of all types of work so as to ensure that our policy focus is not limited to the traditional workplace-based employer-employee relationship.

Policies are needed to support all employment types and evidence of the nature and extent of work that occurs in the home is required to inform this.


Deirdre Frost

[1]Census of Population 2011, the most recent Census data available. Census 2016 data will be available in September 2017.

[2] The rest of the data presented in this WDC Policy Briefing exclude those working in the Agriculture, forestry & fishing industries, in order to understand the prevalence of e-working in the wider economy. The WDC wish to thank the CSO for a special run of data excluding those working in the Agriculture, forestry & fishing industries.

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eircom-spiders-award-emailWe’re delighted to announce that has been shortlisted for this year’s Eircom Spiders Awards. The Awards, now in their 16th year, are Ireland’s premier online awards which honour Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrating the successes of the Irish internet and digital media.

Although the eircom Spiders have a strong business slant, the awards also recognise the importance of promoting internet usage within the community and award an accolade for “Best Community or Charity Website”. There are two “People’s Choice” awards which look to the online community for their nominations and voted – “Big Mouth” searches for the most influential voice online in Ireland and “Online Community” which has been shortlisted for, looks for the favourite online community website which maintains their peer’s interest and opens up new communication avenues., first launched in 2004, promotes the West as an attractive and economically-advantageous location for enterprise and is the definitive guide to living, working and doing business in Ireland’s Western Region.  In recent years, social media engagement has become a key part of online activities and now engages daily with thousands of people across all social media channels to promote the benefits of the Western Region.

The social media drive has featured two high profile photography competitions including this year’s ‘MySummer’ photo campaign which is currently soliciting photos of best summer moments in the Western Region. Last winter, launched the ‘7 Wonders of the West’ campaign to create a publicly voted list of the Region’s favourite places, events and things to do.


“Our social media activities have really helped to bring the website to life and the level of ongoing audience engagement is extremely encouraging,” said Paul Keyes WDC Head of Corporate Services.   “Other aspects of the website include a skills register ( where people can register their skills and experience to help create a profile of the talent, qualifications and expertise of people living in the West or considering a move here.  We believe that having access to this profile can contribute to attracting jobs and business to the Region – something we have all been very focused on in recent times.

“We hope that people from the West will support’s promotion of the region by voting for us in the final stage of this year’s judging.  It would be a great achievement to bring this prestigious award back to the West again,” Mr Keyes concluded.

To vote for to win in the category of ‘Community’ in the 2011 Eircom Spiders Awards, simply ‘Like’ the Eircom Spiders Facebook page (here), then choose the ‘Community’ category and vote for To cast your vote, click here.

For those of you, who do not have access to Facebook, please send your votes to with the subject line of Community 2011.

The Eircom Spider Awards are managed by Business & Finance Media Group, publisher of Business & Finance magazine and owner of Eircom have been the title sponsors of the eircom Spider Awards since 2004 and are delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Awards entering their 15th year. The eircom Spider Awards have become the most prestigious internet awards in Ireland and are widely recognised, having become a benchmark of excellence and a must-attend night for the industry.