Two in Five UK Workers Want Flexible Working Hours Now Rather Than In The Future

A recent study has found that an estimated two in five (8.7 million) full time UK workers want flexible hours, through part-time work, now rather than in the future. The survey also found that just 25% of vacancies advertised included whether flexible working options were available.

The Right to Request Flexible Working Hours

As of the 30th June 2014,  it is now part of employment law that employees have the right to request flexible working hours. The report stated that companies and managers should be more forthcoming with the availability of staff working flexibly to prevent a ‘hidden jobs market’ for those seeking part-time work.

 

The report stated that companies and managers should be more forthcoming with the availability of staff working flexibly to prevent a ‘hidden jobs market’ for those seeking part-time work.

Significant Skill Shortages

As mentioned before, employers are finding there are significant skill shortages for technical roles. The lack of opportunity to work flexible workinghours could be contributing to this. Those with the skills that companies need may not be applying for jobs because they want to work part-time, or partly from home. The study also suggested that lack of flexible working hours could be a factor for the lack of women in top jobs.

Even though only 25% of vacancies were advertised as part-time or flexible, over 91% of hirers would discuss employing a worker under those provisions at the application stage, and 57% would have taken the application to an interview.

A previous study found that more than half of people searching for flexible working hours felt nervous about mentioning their request to potential employers. Up to 42% of these people were worried that it would damage their chances of getting the position.

There are currently 8.2 million UK employees who already work part-time and 4.2 million more people work from home.


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