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 Poor data is stopping firms from flexible working 

The rising popularity of agile working has seen many firms reorganise their workplaces to attract and retain the best people. Flexible working can also save money by cutting the amount of expensive real estate that firms own or rent.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 6 June 2019

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New dads are struggling to secure flexible working

The report from Daddilife revealed that: 63 percent of new dads at work have requested a change in working pattern since becoming a father. 14 percent of millennial dads have requested to work from home between 1-2 days per week, but less than 1 in 5 of those dads (19 percent) are granted it.

Contributor: Han-Son Lee | Published: 24 May 2019

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Quarter of delegates turn down job for not offering flexible working

The survey of 2,300 UK employees reveals employees are actively turning down jobs that don’t offer flexible working. A quarter of all employees have turned down a job in the past for this reason. Whilst a further third (31 percent) would actively do so.

Contributor: Steve Haworth | Published: 19 January 2019

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Prejudice still very much an obstacle to flexible working

UK companies are still slow to adopt best practice on issues such as parental leave, caring responsibilities and family commitments; 75 percent of employees find it difficult balancing family commitments with their work, causing an uplift in national stress, and companies are failing to support these employees.

Contributor: Helen Smith | Published: 12 October 2018

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One in three workers let down by lack of flexibility and support

A third of UK workers believe they are not given the flexibility and support they need to do their job properly, according to a YouGov survey. The survey of 1174 UK employees, which questioned their true thoughts about their employers and company culture, found that 32 percent of employees don’t receive the option to work flexibly.

Contributor: Asimina Stamatiou | Published: 4 October 2018

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Flexible working is the most sought-after benefit for working parents

UK parents will increasingly demand flexible working options from employers to enable them to spend more time with their family, new research suggests. The survey found that 85% of British working parents would forfeit other benefits to take up flexible working, with 81% surveyed believing the top benefit is a better work-life balance. 

Contributor: Richard Morris | Published: 2 October 2018

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Flexible working stigma must end  

Research from YouGov shows that the majority of workers want to have some sort of flexibility in their work, with more than half wanting to deviate away from the traditional 9 to 5 routine. It has also been shown that just under half of workers are already working flexibly one way or another.

Contributor: Heejung Chung | Published: 23 August 2018

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Calls for more flexibility in apprenticeships as numbers drop again

Given the expected drop in new apprenticeship starts tomorrow, and the fact that around 90 percent of the levy remains unspent, the City & Guilds Group has called upon Government to listen to employers by allowing more flexibility in how the apprenticeship levy is spent. This is vital to ensure apprenticeships remain a viable skills solution for businesses.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly | Published: 16 June 2018

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Flexible working must not just focus on female talent

Organisations must encourage a culture of flexibility across the workforce, or risk negatively impacting employee engagement levels and the ability to attract and retain top talent. A report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Fathers in the Workplace, recommends that all new jobs should be advertised as flexible to reflect societal change.

Contributor: Paul Modley | Published: 12 April 2018