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Day One Flex Ready

Are your HR and recruitment teams ready for the flexible working legislation? What about your line managers and hiring managers?

New legislation, which makes it easier for employees to negotiate a flexible working arrangement, has now become law, with the rights expected to come into force in early 2024.

UK employees will gain enhanced rights to ask for flexible working – including from Day One in a new job. Are your HR and recruitment teams ready for this key change? What about your line managers and hiring managers? Perhaps you are well versed in the up and coming legislative changes and want to ensure you are going above and beyond in order to attract candidates and demonstrate your commitment to new ways of working. Whatever the case – we are here to help.

The new rights will allow employees to request flexible working from their first day of employment in a new job, reduce the timeframe for an employer to respond to requests within and increase the number of times an employee can put a request in, within a 12-month period. Take up is expected to be wide, particularly from groups including parents, carers, older people and people with disabilities and illnesses.

Managed well, your approach to Day One Flex can become a tool for greater diversity and inclusion within your hiring processes and beyond.

Don’t know where to start? Our flexible working experts are here to help.

3 ways we can support you:


Understanding where you are at – review and feedback on your policy & practice

We’ll assess your readiness for the coming change, and review your current practice and policy using our Timewise flexibility maturity framework. We’ll look at flexible hiring and progression and how you manage flexible working requests. Our expert team will make informed recommendations to help update your practice, highlighted in a short assessment report.


Flex-ready training - for those involved in attraction, recruitment and onboarding, or for your managers dealing with flex requests from existing staff.

Our experts will create a bespoke workshop for your team, whether this be for line managers, hiring managers, or resourcing specialists. Workshops will be tailored by job role, and where you need and want to focus, but will all include briefing on the new legislation, working through real-life scenarios, sharing examples and practice, practice, practice. Your team will leave the workshop feeling confident and informed – whether this is about how best to design and advertise flex roles, or how to have great conversations with team members making flex requests.


Access a wider pool of candidates by offering the right flexibility

And once you are Day One Flex Ready, we can help you put your new learning into practice by advertising your flex friendly roles on our jobs board, Timewise Jobs – helping you discover the diverse talent you can attract with flex and cementing your flex credentials to prospective candidates

Watch the Timewise Day One Flex webinar and hear from Kevin Hollinrake MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business and Trade, and our expert panel:

  • Dr. Anne Sammon, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Louise Tait, Head of HR, OD & Talent, Wickes
  • Steve Collinson, Chief HR Officer, Zurich UK



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