Advice and Support: Flexible Working


Job advertised as full-time given to part timer


A position recently became available for a full-time post one grade above my current grade. I enquired if a job share would be considered and was told no. I therefore did not apply as I can’t work five days or four very long days. I have now found out that the job has been offered […]

Company trying to take away fixed days in promotion


I am currently working a fixed days roster in a 50% contract. I have been successful at interview for promotion. However my company are only offering me a 50% flexi contract which means they write my roster a month in advance and dictate my working days. I’ve asked for a fixed pattern roster so I […]

Is deafness preventing me getting a flexible job?

I am a mother with a one year old. I went back to work four months ago and work in marketing for a charity. At the moment I have to work full time and it’s exhausting with juggling childcare. I leave the house 7.30am and get home 6.30pm every day. I am also profoundly deaf, […]

Flexible request agreed then rescinded


I recently made a formal request in writing for a flexible working arrangement. My current shift pattern is 12pm-8pm. I requested 8:30 – 4:30 every day. To my surprise I received an email the next day saying that based on the reasons in my request I do certainly have a case for a family friendly […]

Forced to take job in different team with increased workload


I have worked for a large blue chip organisation for 15 years, originally on a full-time contract, but since having my children have moved to a 28-hour contract. Last year the department was reorganised and I was moved to an equivalent role in a different team. The new team is an area I have no experience in and […]

Part-time request turned down


I went into work after nearly a year off on adoption leave to discuss my flexible work request. I asked for a job share or alternative part-time roles within the business. I’ve been told that a job share won’t work and that there are no suitable roles available for part time, but was told about […]

Do I have to re-apply for flexible working?


I currently have a permanent Flexible Working Regulation agreement with my employer involving shift working reduced to a 34-hour per week contract with set rest days. I have been offered promotion from a closed grade to a new ‘fair and sustainable’ pay scale with new terms and conditions. I have been told that I will […]

Hours and location changed during pregnancy: ask the expert

Tracey Guest

I have been with my employer for five years as bank staff and I have just returned to work after the loss of a baby and my maternity leave has now ended. There has been a change of management, which is common and happens yearly. I am currently pregnant and will only be at work […]

Should a four-day week mean squeezing five days into four?: ask the expert


I’ve just had a meeting with our HR Advisor. I told her that I would like to change from a five-day week to a four-day week. She said this would entail me squeezing everything I do into a four-day week, as this is how it works. My understanding was that I would carry out only four days […]

Asked to cover colleague’s holiday: ask the expert

I work on a part-time basis 22.5 hr week on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays and have done for over three years. In my contract it states “if you work on a part-time basis you will be required to cover for periods, of holiday,sickness and absence……”  I work for a massive well known company in a lone […]

Part-time work refused unless I take a pay cut and move down a grade: ask the expert

I made an application for flexible working in 2013 after maternity leave and they told me it would be refused unless I dropped my grade and pay. They did not follow procedures correctly or the correct formal process. I decided to return full time. I am now re-applying and in an informal chat prior to […]

How much holiday should I get?

Originally my employer informed me that my holiday entitlement was 30 (contracted hours) x 5.6 x 75% because I do not work a full time week. I have since explained to them that this is not fair or legal and now they are saying my holiday is 30×5.6 = 168. But because they have paid me […]

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