CIPD Ireland continues to capture, analyse, and share the views and concerns of the people profession in Ireland. Our annual survey on HR Practices in Ireland, is carried out in conjunction with the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

2020 was a year like no other. The 2021 survey data was gathered at the end of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and the results provide key insights into the emerging and new challenges facing the people profession in Ireland, and the response.

Building on CIPD’s COVID-19 survey (June 2020), this HR Practices 2021 survey found that 71% of respondents had rolled out remote working in the past year and 77% planned to adopt a blended model for the future. Responding to Covid-19 and dealing with economic uncertainty were identified as top priorities for 2021 and 2022, and the profession reports that it has been adding value through championing diversity, enhancing the employee experience and contributing to the strategic direction of business.

The survey findings confirm a significant step change for many Irish workplaces, and health and wellbeing taking a central roll in supporting employees. Remote working is identified as increasing the challenges around supporting employee wellbeing, teamworking and collaboration, innovation and upskilling. While increased support for line managers continues to be an area requiring more focus, the survey confirmed that productivity increased for almost half of respondents (48%) while 21% confirmed it was maintained at pre-pandemic levels.

We thank everyone who responded to the 2021 HR Practices Survey and to University of Limerick for their support.

HR Practices in Ireland survey 2021

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