18 December 2019 | Marino Donati
Women are more likely to be offered flexible working options than men, according to research by Tiger Recruitment.
A third of employees questioned (32 per cent) in a study said that they were not happy with the flexible working options offered by their employer.
Tiger Recruitment said that its poll of more then 2,000 workers showed that employers were not doing enough to enable their employees to work flexibly.
The study also found that two-thirds (68 per cent) of respondents said that work-life balance and flexible working were very important in attracting them to a role.
Of those surveyed, only a third have the option of home or remote working, a seven percentage point drop since last year, while only around one in five (22 per cent) are offered the option of flexi-time. Fewer still have access to informal flexible working (19 per cent) or the opportunity to go part-time (18 per cent).
The study also found that women were more likely to have access to home or remote working (36 per cent versus 17 per cent), informal flexible working (21 per cent compared with 13 per cent) and part-time working (20 per cent compared with 11 per cent), than their male colleagues.
Tiger Recruitment chief executive David Morel said that it was disappointing that so many workplaces were still struggling to embrace flexibility despite initiatives to show its value for employers and workers.
"Flexible working shouldn't be seen as an inconvenience, as a benefit that is only open to women, or just relevant to parents, but as something that can help all employees to boost their wellbeing and job satisfaction," said Morel. "Happy employees are engaged employees, and engagement boosts productivity, so it really is a win-win for all involved."