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Timewise’s Flexible Jobs Index shows almost no improvement in the number of job vacancies advertised as flexible.
The rate of job vacancies being posted with the promise of flexible working, has slowed down to pre-pandemic levels, according to Timewise’s annual Flexible Jobs Index.
It analyses nearly 6m UK job ads to see what portion are being offered with part-time and flexible options.
It found just 31% of UK jobs now offer a flexible option when advertised – a 1% increase on last year. This compares to a 9% rise in 2021 and a 4% rise in 2022.
Timewise says 69 per cent make no mention of flex options at all. This compares with the six in 10 UK employees who currently work in flexible jobs and the 87 per cent of people want flex in their next role.
Clare McNeil, Director of Timewise’s Innovation Unit, says: “The volume of job ads offering flexible working options has trebled since 2015. However, since the end of the pandemic this has fallen back to a slow climb up a steep mountain. Just 31% of UK job ads now offer some form of flexible working up front, meaning parents, carers and all those who need flex, have just one third of the UK jobs market to search within. People who want flexible working account the majority. Yet they are treated as if they are the exception. This is indicative of a market failure – and one that shows businesses are perilously out of touch with what employees are looking for, given the grave talent shortages many face.”
The index also finds: