CIPP research: Less than 10% of UK workers have option of flexible working

Less than 10% of UK employees have flexible working arrangements as part of their contract, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).

The research also found that over one-third (36%) would like to be able to work from home under flexible working arrangements. Nearly half (43%) were occasionally allowed the right to request flexible working when it was needed.

Diana Bruce, senior policy liaison officer at the CIPP, said: “The Modern Workplaces consultation, published in May 2011, includes proposals to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees which would certainly give those who would like the chance to work more flexibly to at least have the opportunity to make a request. 

“However, when the changes to legislation do take place, it should be remembered that it will remain a right to request, as opposed to any kind of right to work flexibly.”

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