Research

We commission and contribute to research on flexible working, with the aim of increasing understanding of its business benefits and exploring blocks in the market. Research findings are shared with policy makers, opinion formers and employers to inform the strategic development of public services as well as HR, diversity and recruitment practices.

9 in 10 full-time workers either work flexibly already, or say they want toFlexible Working: A Talent Imperative

A research study into the UK workforce: who wants flexibility, for what reasons, and how much it matters to them
The UK appetite for flexible working has previously been grossly underestimated. Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) full-time workers either work flexibly already, or say they want to. This research also confounds the idea that flexible working is for mothers – the demand goes much further, cutting across all ages and genders.
Published September 2017

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Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2017Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2017

Our third annual tracking report on the number of quality jobs advertised with flexible working options
This year we report steady, but slow, year on year growth in the share of quality flexible jobs. Timewise calls on businesses to step up their use of flexible job design, to make better use of available talent and drive greater productivity.
Published June 2017

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Social Care Report CoverCARING BY DESIGN

Social Care sector: how flexible job design could alleviate the staffing crisis
‘Flexible working’ attracts many care workers to the profession – until they find that, in practice, schedules are rarely compatible with their non-work lives. This report, which includes the findings of a pilot study, explores whether better ‘flexible job design’ could improve staff retention.
Published May 2017

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Moving up in RetailMoving up in retail

Findings of a pilot study on the use of flexible working to improve the retail talent pipeline
Women dominate shop-floor teams in retail, but at managerial levels it’s a different story. This report, involving a pilot study with Pets at Home, explores how flexible working can help retailers to progress their best talent and improve diversity.
Published Nov 2016

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Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2016

Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2016

This year’s update on the number of job adverts that offer flexible working options
Our second annual tracking report reveals an encouraging increase in ‘flexible hiring’. However, at less than 10% of all quality job ads, supply still lags a long way behind demand.
Published May 2016

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How flexible hiring could improve business performance and living standardsThe impact of flexible hiring

A report on how flexible hiring can improve business performance and living standards
The first national research study on this topic. Reveals that unlocking a higher volume of quality jobs to flexible or part time hours could increase job mobility and tackle underemployment.
Published January 2016

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What Do Women Returners Want?

Findings of a survey on how to attract women back to work after a career break
Against a backdrop of concern about diversity and the skills drain, many employers are offering ‘women returner programmes’. Timewise surveyed potential women returners, drawn from our jobsite’s candidate pool. We asked them what has happened to their careers since taking a career break, and what they want now.
Published Oct 2015

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The Timewise Flexible Jobs IndexThe Timewise Flexible Jobs Index

A report on the number of job adverts that offer flexible working options
The first of a planned annual index tracking the state of the UK’s ‘flexible hiring’ practice, revealing that only 6% of job ads offer flexible working, while almost half of employees want it.
Published June 2015

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Flexible_future_for_Britain_380A Flexible Future for Britain?

A report on employer attitudes to receiving job applications from candidates who need to work flexibly.
The research highlights a mismatch between what workers want and what hiring managers offer.
Published June 2014

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Flexibility Trap - reserach summary

The flexibility trap

A report on how flexible working aids career progression
Research exploring the job mobility of people in part time work. The findings show that they become trapped – unable to gain promotion or to move to a new part time job at a similar or more senior level.
Published July 2013

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The Part Time Paradox Report CoverThe part time paradox

A report on senior part time working
Research exploring the employment market of part time professionals earning over £40k. The report busts the myth that part time can’t work at senior levels.
Published June 2012

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JRF research: quality part time recruitment marketStimulating the quality part time recruitment market

Research of the recruitment market for part time jobs
This study aimed to establish the size of the quality part time recruitment market and understand what might stimulate it further. The research also explored the extent to which a stronger part time recruitment market might help tackle social issues. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Published March 2012

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Jobs not careers - research reportJobs not careers

A three year tracking study of mothers looking for work
This three year research project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, aimed to shed light on what works in supporting mothers into successful employment. A key finding was that mothers choose lower paid part time work over their career development, and that job-search-support interventions need to be tailored to their specific family circumstances.
Published October 2013

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