Flexible working isn’t just for harassed mothers trying to juggle their jobs with the school run.
Research out today from Timewise and EY shows that nearly 90% of the UK's full-time workers currently work flexibly or wish they could – with a strong preference for non-traditional working patterns from both men (84%) and women (91%).
But bosses haven't caught on. Less than one in ten ‘quality jobs’ (paying £20,000 FTE or above) are advertised as being open to flexible-working options. This is trapping millions of employees who are either unable to progress their careers on a flexible basis or are locked-out of the jobs market completely due to their need to work flexibly.
‘The fact that flexible working has been seen as a "women’s issue" hasn’t done women or businesses any favours,’ says Karen Mattison, joint CEO of Timewise. ‘Flexible working is a preferred way of working for both men and women at all stages of their working lives. Today’s workforce not only expect it, but they need it. It’s time for businesses to get smarter. Those who lag behind in adapting how they hire will risk losing out on millions of skilled workers.’
MT will be showcasing the country's top flexi-workers in the Timewise Power 50 List. From part-timers and job-sharers to returners and founders, we’ll be profiling the trailblazing business leaders who have progressed their careers on a flexible basis. And we want you to help us find them.
The final 50 will be chosen by MT and Timewise’s panel of judges including: Lynn Rattigan, COO for EY UK&I: Katie Bickerstaffe, CEO for Dixons Carphone UK&I; Nicola Mendelsohn, VP for EMEA, Facebook; Sam Baker, co-founder of The Pool', BBC Business Live reporter Sally Bundock, Diageo's head of talent engagement for Europe Andrew Porter and Sophie Cornish, co-founder of Notonthehighstreet.com.
Nominations close on Friday 3 November and the list will be revealed on MT at the beginning of next year.