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Scottish Flexible Jobs Index

As part of our focus on fair flexible work, Timewise has examined how many jobs are advertised with the option to work flexibly in Scotland, We found that 3 in 4 jobs are off limits for flexible workers.

Flexible hiring – advertising job vacancies as flexible from day one – is a key building block for fair access to work. It is a lifeline for people who need to work flexibly; a talent-boosting opportunity for employers; and at a societal level, it is a tool that can help tackle inequality.

Yet the Scottish Flexible Jobs Index finds that only 24% of jobs in Scotland offer flexible working. It also shows that there has been surprisingly little change during the pandemic – the widespread move to working from home is not reflected at the point of hire. And it reveals uneven access to flexibility across different salary levels, role types and Scottish council areas.

Our report contains recommendations for employers who want to improve inclusion and diversity in their organisations, by extending their flexible working practice into their recruitment practice.