Call for employers to advertise jobs as flexible by default

Leading companies, including some in the FTSE 100, have pledged to advertise jobs as flexible by default and are calling on others to follow their example.

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Twenty-one leading employers, including Experian, Centrica and Rolls Royce, have written an open letter to employers calling on them to advertise all vacant roles with flexible options by default.

The letter, which marks the beginning of National Work Life Week, cites research showing that three quarters of job adverts are not offered on a flexible basis, with a particular impact on those with caring responsibilities. It comes as a survey of nearly 1,000 parents by Working Families and SF Recruitment finds that 82% of UK parents are likely to apply for jobs that advertise some form of flexibility, compared to only 31% who would apply for jobs that don’t. The research also shows that over half of UK parents would consider leaving their current job if they found another with more flexibility.

The YouGov poll also found that:

– Nine in 10 unemployed parents in the UK would be likely to apply for a role that listed flexible options in the job advert.
– Flexibility (66%) is second only to pay (73%) in terms of priorities when looking for a new job. However, for mothers, flexibility and pay are tied as the top priority.
– Three in 10 working parents are in jobs below their skill level because their jobs offer greater flexibility.
– Nearly half of these parents (46%) work in place-based roles, roles that cannot be done remotely because the work has to take place at a specific location.

All the employers who signed the open letter have committed to advertising all their vacant roles with flexible options by default. They say: “Not only is this change necessary; we believe it’s vital to creating a more inclusive, robust workforce.”

They argue that flexible working is good for people and for business,  boosting productivity, employee engagement and staff retention. They state: “Advertising roles with flexible options isn’t just a perk we offer to our candidates; it’s a vital part of our recruitment strategy.”

They also emphasise that flexible working is not just limited to remote or hybrid working and they say flexible working offers “a direct path to employment” for many, opening up opportunities to those who have caring responsibilities but who desperately need additional income.



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