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5th February 2019

Access to flexible working

Bright Horizons and Working Families have recently conducted a study, where they surveyed 2,750 working parents and carers with at least one dependant child aged 13 or younger who lives with them some or all of the time.

Below are some of the key findings from the study:

  • 37% of working parents in the UK state that flexible working is not available in their workplace, despite all employees having the statutory right to request flexible working arrangements.
  • Although 86% of respondents want to work flexibly, only 49% actually do.
  • 78% of respondents admit to working beyond their contracted hours; 52% do this because they feel it is part of their organisation’s culture, and 60% do so because they believe it is necessary to deal with their workload.
  • Nearly half (47%) of working parents feel that the boundaries between work and home are too blurred due to technology.
  • Furthermore, just 21% of part-time working parents have a chance of being promoted within the next three years; this compares to 45% for those working full-time.

It is important for organisations to make sure that employees have access to flexible working arrangements. To learn more about flexible working, such as the different types, its benefits, and the processes, check out our Flexible Working Employer Guide.

For more information on the study, you can read Employee Benefits article here.