Flexible working is all about equality of opportunity. So there’s a strong social case for helping people find and keep a quality flexible job with the chance to progress.
There’s a serious gap in the UK jobs market between the flexibility people need, and the roles which are available. And it’s causing equally serious social and financial inequality.
For many parents, carers, older workers or people with mental or physical health issues, full-time work just isn’t an option. But the lack of flexible working opportunities, particular higher up the ladder, can leave them facing a stark choice: stay trapped in a low-paid flexible role, or don’t work at all.
This has a huge impact on issues such as
We’re working to tackle this equality gap, by making Good Flexible Work available to all. We team up with with policymakers, industry bodies and employers to break down the barriers to flexible working, and devise ‘two-way flexibility’ that benefits both employers and employees.
Social inequality in numbers
Less than 1 in 4 UK jobs are advertised with flexible working options.