As parents, many of us are seeking flexible jobs that blend well with family life. But what are the most flexible jobs, what industry sectors are they in and what sort of roles offer the best flexibility?
At workingmums we help parents find jobs that match their career and family needs. In our experience, some of the sectors with the most flexible jobs are:
However more and more employers in different sectors are now realising the business benefits of flexible working, and are adopting a more flexible approach to their working patterns – which can help them recruit and retain talented staff.
Many IT and technology jobs can be performed remotely, which means that many IT specialists work from home or with flexible hours. Typical flexible IT roles include Developer, Project Manager, Tech Support and various types of analyst.
Roles linked with web services also tend to offer flexibility. These jobs include SEO specialist, web developer and web designer.
All kinds of marketing roles can be performed flexibly, and many marketing specialists pursue a careers as freelancers in order to gain even more ownership over how and when they work.
Some of the most flexible marketing job titles include Marketing Manager, Marketing Consultant Brand Manager, Social Media Manager, Content Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Analyst and Marketing Co-ordinator.
Other flexible roles connected with marketing include Graphic Designer, Content Writer, Copywriter, Communications Consultant and PR Consultant.
Many salespeople spend their days visiting and contacting potential clients, and so there is little need for them to be office-based. Job titles that commonly appear on WorkingMums recruitment ads include Sales Professional, Sales Representative, Sales Consultant, Sales Executive and Sales Manager. Business Development is also an area where there are often flexible working options, and we often see roles for Retail Assistant, Retail Customer Services, Retail Adviser and Retail Specialist.
Digital tools and online connectivity make it easy for administration professionals to work flexibly. Flexible hours are also fairly commonplace in this professional area. Typical roles that come up in flexible searches include Administrator, Admin Assistant, Admin Support, Office Administrator, Personal Assistant and Sales Administrator.