TUC study shows flexi hours are still not available to many workers, particularly those in working class jobs.
Nearly a third of requests for flexible working are being turned down, according to a new TUC poll published today.
The polling reveals that flexible working is not available to many workers and that people in working-class jobs are most likely to miss out on it.
The survey shows:
– Flexi-time is unavailable to over half (58%) of the UK workforce. This number rises to nearly two-thirds (64%) for people in working-class occupations.
– three in 10 workers (28%) say their desire for more flexible hours is one of the main reasons they might look for a new job.
The TUC is joining the Flex for All alliance – along with Pregnant then Screwed, Fawcett Society, Mother Pukka, the Young Women’s Trust and the Fatherhood Institute. The campaign has launched a petition to change the law so that flexible working is open to all workers from day one in the job, with employers required to advertise all jobs
on that basis.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Flexible working should be a day one right that’s available to everyone.
But under current law bosses have free rein to turn down requests.
“It’s not right that millions are struggling to balance their work and home lives. Ministers must change the law so that people can work flexibly – regardless of what type of contract they are on. Allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier and more productive.”
Meanwhile the Government has added a new flexible working filter to its jobs site.