New research shows that professionals who want to work part-time often end up being forced to redesign their own job – and in too many cases, this simply results in an unmanageable workload. It’s time part-time jobs were designed properly, and collaboratively, argues Dr Charlotte Gascoigne, the report’s author.
It’s no secret that many schools are struggling to recruit and keep teachers, and the lack of a profession-wide flexible working strategy hasn’t helped. Emma Stewart welcomes the Department for Education’s focus on building part-time and flexible working into their workforce plans, and suggests the next steps.
Our recently released Greater Manchester Flexible Jobs Index highlights a massive gap between the supply and demand for good quality flexible jobs in the region. Now policy makers need to work together to bridge the gap, so everyone can share in the region’s growth, says Emma Stewart.
With staff shortages in the nursing profession creating regular headlines, finding a better way to manage nurses’ workloads has never been more critical. That’s what our FlexAbility in Nursing project is setting out to achieve, explains Dr Charlotte Gascoigne, Timewise’s Director of Research and Consultancy.
The recent report from Trust for London about in-work poverty in the capital made for grim reading. While there are many factors at play, opening up more jobs to part time and flexible working is definitely part of the solution, argues Rachael Bailey, Development Director.
Uncertainty around Brexit and an ageing workforce are contributing to a looming skills shortage. Here Natalie Gill, Programme Director at Timewise, explains how our partnership with the British Retail Consortium will help deliver flexible working and career progression for people who work in the sector.
Back in 2012, the first Timewise Power List brought part-time working at senior level out into the open. Today, there are other flexible working stories that need to be told, argues Karen Mattison MBE.
The first Scottish Timewise Flexible Jobs Index highlights that only 1 in 8 skilled jobs are advertised as being open to flexible working – and that the range of flexibility on offer is limited. Timewise’s Joint CEO, Emma Stewart MBE, explains why the research was commissioned, and what Scottish employers’ next steps should be.
Emma Stewart’s response to the Taylor Review focused on the role that job design could play in creating quality permanent jobs with flexibility built in. Here, she explains more about what flexible job design is, and why we should all be doing it.