Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Flexible Work Practices
185. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the work he is undertaking on the development and roll-out of the remote working strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26073/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 193 together.
My Department published ‘Making Remote Work’, the National Remote Work Strategy on January 15th, 2021.
The objective of the Strategy is to ensure that remote work is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits. The report is built on three pillars which are bolstered by underpinning conditions. These pillars are:
1. Create a Conducive Environment
2. Develop and Leverage a Remote Work Infrastructure
3. Build a Remote Work Policy and Guidance Framework
Under these pillars and the underpinning conditions there are 15 actions to progress remote working into the future. The Strategy outlines the Departments and State Agencies responsible for the delivery of each of the actions. Each of these actions has a deadline of Q1, 3, or 4 of this year.
My Department is leading on the implementation of the Strategy. Lead actors report the progress on their actions to the Interdepartmental Group on Remote Work. This Group has met twice to date this year, with the most recent meeting taking place last week, on May 27th. At this meeting it was established that actions to date have been met and that progress is underway to achieving the remaining actions by the end of the year. The Group will continue to meet as the year progresses to drive the implementation of the Strategy.