Two studies into white collar flexible working published by Ten2Two, highlight how employees can give themselves the best chance of securing flexible working.
83% of employers offer flexible working (45% formally and 38% informally) and that 74% of flexible working requests were granted however there some forms of flexible working were more popular than others.
Employers preferred the flexible working options below:
- 46% – Part-time week (e.g. three full days a week)
- 54% – Part-time day (e.g. reduced hours, every day)
- 34% – Part-time day/week (less than five days per week plus reduced hours)
- 8% – Job-share
- 47% – Working from home (all or part week)
- 33% – Staggered hours (e.g. 7.30am to 3.30pm)
- 20% Occasional/interim professional support
Deborah O’Sullivan, co-founder and operations director of Ten2Two explained “The right to request flexible working legislation has improved adoption of flexible working but isn’t a guarantee it will be granted and it can be a lengthy process.
“Employees need to think about what is going to work best for their employer while meeting their own needs. Under 1 in 10 employers, for example, like job shares whereas more than half would be open to employees working a short day, five day week.
“In my ten years in this field, it has become obvious that explaining why the performance of the business won’t be affected by flexible working is especially important to employers agreeing to it.”
Ten2Two is a pioneering recruitment consultancy that helps local businesses find affordable, talented, high-calibre professionals who can work flexibly. Founded in 2007 it was among the first companies to recognise and respond to the growing business need for a flexible and part-time recruitment agency. The company now has eight offices across southern England. For more information visit: https://www.ten2two.org