For flexible roles visit

Timewise Jobs logo
Timewise Foundation Logo
Flexible working fixes

Talent attraction

84% of men, 91% of women and 92% of millennials either work flexibly or wish they could.

Flexible Working: A Talent Imperative, Timewise, 2017


What has flexible working got to do with talent attraction?

Flexible working is high on employee wish lists. 87% of employees either work flexibly already or wish they could, and it’s considered more important than salary by some. But there’s a massive gap between supply and demand, with only 15% of jobs advertised as having flexible options.

Why is this an issue for employers?

In an era of skills shortages and relatively full employment, the best candidates are in high demand.  So if you don’t offer flexible working, and your competitors do, you could end up missing out on talented people who could make a real difference to your business.

So what should you do?

Design flexibility into your roles, and be upfront about it when recruiting. This will widen the pool of candidates you have to choose from. It’ll also mean they’re more likely to choose you in return, giving you the edge over your less flexible competitors.

Lloyds Banking Group: building flexibility into the hiring process


Lloyds Banking Group, one of the first Timewise Partners, has been working with us to develop their flexible hiring strategy since 2014.

The Group wanted to make themselves more attractive to potential employees by offering agile working from the point of hire. So the team reworked their talent attraction policy to set agile working as the default. They created a careers portal that requires each job advert to specify what types of flexibility are possible. And they created an expectation that hiring managers justify any roles which are not advertised in this way.

Benchmarking data from October 2017 shows that 90% of all the Group’s vacancies, and 92% of those in the highest salary bracket, are advertised as agile (against national averages of 12% and 7%). 43% of their employees are now working in an agile way.

How we can help

Our consultancy and training team can support you to design fully flexible roles at all levels in your organisation. We can also deliver workshops for HR and line managers on how to prompt and respond to the flex question.

And once you have flexible roles to offer, we can help you find talented candidates to fill them. Timewise Jobs, our jobs board, has over 90,000 registered users looking to offer their skills and experience to a flexible employer.

Call 020 7633 4444 or email

Our Services