30 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Employers must promote a culture of flexibility across every level of their business if they are to reap the true benefits of an agile workforce, global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions.
The recommendation comes in response to data from Timewise which shows that only 10 per cent of advertised roles with a salary of over £20,000 are available on a flexible basis. For jobs with a salary of over £100,000, the figure falls to just 2 per cent. This is despite the fact that 87 per cent of all full-time workers in the UK either already work flexibly or would choose to if given the option.
Laurie Padua, director of consulting at Alexander Mann Solutions, said: "By not promoting flexible working options at the earliest stages of the recruitment process, businesses risk failing to engage with a significant chunk of available talent. And while agile working has, historically, been seen as more viable at executive level, it is often the most highly-skilled, experienced and innovative professionals who choose to work atypical hours once they are established in their career."
In October, Prime Minister Theresa May said businesses should "make flexible working a reality for all employees by advertising all jobs as flexible from Day 1, unless there are solid business reasons not to" in a raft of proposals to improve workplace equality.