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'Boom in flexible working'

‘BOOM in flexible working for highly paid employees’, announced the headline in yesterday’s paper. The figures have ‘trebled’ in 4 years!

Sounds great!

But then you look a little closer… What does this actually mean?

Well it means it’s gone from 5% in 2016 to 16% in 2019. That’s for people earning over £80,000.

The figures are drawn from a study by Timewise who reviewed job adverts between January and April this year.

They found that in the legal profession only 9% of roles offered flexible options on their adverts, manufacturing only 8%. Only 15.3 of all job adverts offered flexible working in some form, whilst over 87% of us want to work flexibly.

We’ve got a long way to go, and we need to start by looking at job adverts and offering ways of working flexibly, for recruiters to be challenging hiring managers and asking ‘how can this role be done more flexibly?’

We’ve got a long way to go, and we need to start by looking at job adverts and offering ways of working flexibly, for recruiters to be challenging hiring managers and asking ‘how can this role be done more flexibily?’

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