E-Work in Ireland

Bates P, Bertin I, Huws U | Report 394 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jul 2002

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E-work has often been stereotyped as full-time, ICT-mediated homeworking by female employees. In reality there are many types of e-working, ranging from large, transnational contracts between organisations to local use of self-employed 'e-lancers'.

E-working also facilitates various types of business outsourcing, an issue that has previously received little attention. It is a subject of particular interest for Ireland because of the extremely open nature of the Irish economy, which makes this type of outsourcing both an opportunity and a threat.

To what extent are Irish organisations making use of this potential to relocate work? Which remote sites are being selected? What are the criteria used for selecting them? How does Ireland compare with other European countries in its use of e-work? And is Ireland an attractive destination for e-work originating from organisations in other countries?

These are some of the questions addressed in this report, commissioned by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Ireland within the scope of the EMERGENCE project.