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Our fourth annual report on the number of quality jobs advertised with flexible working options reveals steady, but slow, year on year growth. Timewise calls on businesses to step up their use of flexible job design, to make better use of available talent and drive greater productivity.
The proportion of quality jobs (paid £20k+ FTE) which are advertised with flexible working options is only 11%. Supply falls well short of the extremely high demand – an estimated 87% of employees want to work flexibly.
The result of the mismatch between supply and demand is that people who work flexibly, particularly part-time, often get ‘stuck’ in their current roles. There isn’t a flexible jobs market for them to go to. And even at their current employer, it’s hard for flexible workers to progress, as roles they might want to move up to are not openly advertised as flexible. As a result, it’s common practice for flexible workers to trade down to get the flexibility they need, or even abandon their careers entirely.
The proportion of quality flexible jobs has increased over the four years that Timewise has produced this Index, from 6% in 2015. But the rate of progress is far too slow – it’s creeping up by only one or two percentage points per year.