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Industry study shows appreciation of flexible working

27 June 2017

A survey of companies offering flexible working showed that 83% of employers said this had provided positive benefits to their business.

A further 56% of those surveyed said they strongly agreed with the premise.

While 45% of employers currently formally offer flexible working, 38% allow it on an informal basis.

The various types of flexible working includes part-time hours, offering in a variety of options including shorter days and less than five days, staggered hours, job-share and occasional or interim professional support.

Two surveys were conducted by recruitment agency Ten2Two and responses were received from 268 businesses in the first and 1,150 individuals on the company's database in the second, who were mainly female (94%), with 83% in management positions and aged between 35 and 54.

Operations director Deborah O'Sullivan said the survey debunked the negative views of flexible working.

"Businesses are overwhelmingly positive about the contribution of flexible workers and are increasingly looking for different working patterns that will enable them to attract and retain valuable and hard to find professionals," she said.

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