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Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, responds to press comments about extending the right to request flexible working.
Responding to comments in the press today [14th July] that extending the right to request flexible working to parents of children under 16 could harm women’s employment prospects, Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, said: "We are very aware that employers are under pressure due to wider economic changes, but we believe that that is no reason to question the move to more flexible working. Many employers are very proactive in seeking employment solutions that work for parents and see the benefits of retaining skilled employees.
"Too often flexible working is seen as a benefit solely for employees when it is a win win situation for both employees and employers. They get talented, experienced staff who are likely to stay in position if offered the right working circumstances. We also recognise that it can be hard for smaller employers to manage flexible working, but there is a growing support available to them.
"Flexible working does not work for all jobs, but an increasing number of employers are being won over to the advantages and seeing that retaining skilled staff gives them the edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace."