Future Jobs Ireland 2019: Preparing Now for Tomorrow’s Economy is a new Government framework that maps out key pillars for the next phase of Ireland’s economic development. With more people employed in Ireland than ever before (over 2.2 million) , the framework stresses the vital role of a responsive market in meeting the demand for labour. Launching Future Jobs Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that “Businesses need to consider new ways of attracting and retaining talent through remote and flexible working options.”
Increasing participation in the labour force
Flexible working is seen as a way to foster participation in the labour force. Flexible working, including remote working, is billed by Future Jobs as “a win, win, win for employers, workers and society.” Acknowledging the need to address barriers to entry or re-entry to the workforce, the framework commits the Government to a national consultation on the extension of flexible working options to all employees. That consultation is to commence within the current calendar year.
Flexibility to attract talent
Meanwhile the job search engine Indeed reports a 171% surge in Irish searches for the term “remote” since late 2017. Ireland is nearing full employment and the battle for talent is intensifying. In such a recruitment climate, employers may have flexibility forced upon them by candidate-demand long before the outcome of any Government consultation is realised.
Only a phone call away
For employers facing a future of flexible working, the technology has never been better. Gone are the days when out-of-office staff were dreaded as hard to get hold of. Hosted VoIP (Voice over IP) telephony services such as that offered by Ripplecom have nullified any such objection. With a VoIP telephone system, staff can work from anywhere while their calls are routed to them. Calls made from a home office- or a parked car- all appear as if they were made from an office extension.
Mobility and productivity
John McDonnell, Managing Director at Ripplecom, believes that this functionality is pertinent even if a business isn’t overhauling its work practices. “A desk phone shackles people to the office. I don’t want my team tethered to their desks. I want them free to do what they need to do. Our VoIP service sends the desk phone with them wherever they go so we, and more importantly our customers, can reach them as normal.”
Sticks and carrots
Sticking with the Plain Old Telephone System is no longer an option for businesses in the UK where the country’s public switched telephone network (PSTN) will close by 2025. Public consultation by the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, indicates that service providers actually plan to complete the majority of PSTN migration by 2020, less than 12 months away.
35% of Irish businesses already use VoIP. 25% more intend to switch to it and that figure rises to 60% among Ireland’s new start-ups (Source). Due to their digital nature, VoIP systems feature a long list of functionality while HD (High Definition) audio codecs mean that VoIP call quality outstrips anything coming across a traditional line. For companies still using old copper line infrastructure, VoIP services have the potential to save vast sums of money on hardware, line rental and call rates.
That the future is VoIP seems inevitable. Businesses flexible enough to embrace the change now will simply enjoy the economies of the future, today.
published on 13 March 2019
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