launches flexible working survey for employers has just launched its latest employer survey, seeking to track trends in approaches to flexible working.

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Employers are being asked what the key employment issues facing them are, how they are confronting the skills shortage in many sectors and what trends they are seeing in demand for flexible working.

Take part today 2019 employer survey is focusing on the skills challenge, the career life cycle and wider diversity issues for employers of all sizes and across a range of sectors.

In the past’s employer survey has focused mainly on issues related to parents and flexible working, but increasingly there is an awareness that employers need to look at all the stages in a person’s career and how different pressures might affect them, whether that is a desire to fit working around studying or volunteering in the early years, for greater understanding about family pressures in the middle years to a need to reduce hours in the latter stages of a career.

The idea is that if people are the most important element of any team, then understanding what drives them and what can help them perform better is essential at all stages. A life cycle approach is at the centre of this year’s 10th anniversary Top Employer Awards in November. The keynote speaker will be Caroline Waters, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder and CEO of CW Consulting Box.

Surveying employers and employees

The employer survey runs alongside our annual survey of working parents. was originally set up in 2006 to provide a bridge between parents looking for flexible working and employers looking for experienced employees. That mission has only expanded in the intervening years as the organisation has shown the links between the widening skills gap in many sectors and the huge talent pool represented by working parents.

The employer survey seeks to track changing trends with regard to flexible working. For instance, it asks whether employers have seen or anticipate an increase in demand for flexible working from employees who are not parents or carers, such as younger workers or those approaching retirement.

Employers are also asked if they need more support to respond to the more widespread demand for flexibility.

Other questions ask what the most popular form of flexible working is and whether employers envisage this changing, what they thing the biggest challenge is with regard to flexible working and whether they actively promote it and see it is as a good way to attract staff.

They are also asked if they have a carers policy, whether they enhance parental leave, promote Shared Parental Leave and have returner initiatives as well as whether they have initiatives to promote women and if these are effective. Other issues covered include whether they have any senior part time posts, whether they consider gender pay audits to be a positive development and what impact they think Brexit will have on their approach to diversity.

The survey takes no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete and all responses remain anonymous.

Those who complete the survey can choose to enter into a free prize draw, where we have 5 Amazon Echo Dots* to give away. Take part below, or if you are on a mobile device you may prefer to click here.

To enter the Top Employer Awards, click here.

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