Employers do not include flexible working on job descriptions, research by Timewise has found.
Just 6% of all jobs with a salary between £20,000 and £29,999 offer flexible working arrangement at the point of recruitment.
Timewise’s research found that lower salaried jobs were more likely to offer flexible working:
- 5% of jobs with salaries between £30,000 – £39,999 mentioned flexible working in the job advert
- 3% of jobs worth £40,000 – £99,000 did the same
- 2% of jobs with salaries between £100,000 – £199,000 offered flexible working.
Employment law changes in June 2014 allowed all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment to apply for flexible working arrangements. Flexible working encompasses a number of different working patterns including flexitime, place of work and shift work.
The report, which is based on official figures and Timewise’s analysis of 3.5 million job adverts, suggests that 14.1 million people want the option to work flexibly. This amounts to 46% of working people in the UK.
The study also revealed the sectors most likely to offer flexible working:
- the health and social care (20%) and education (13%) sectors contained the most jobs advertising flexible work
- the least likely were IT, marketing and engineering jobs, with only 2% offering flexible work.
The report said employers should offer flexible working options when they recruit to ensure they attract the best talent:
“Employers are cutting themselves off from a proportion of the candidate market, by not stating their openness to flexibility in their recruitment advertising. These ‘lost’ candidates include some of the very best available talent.
“Employers can begin to alleviate the talent crisis, and improve diversity at senior levels, by offering flexibility at the point of recruitment.”