Parents Struggle To Find Flexible Work

Written by on November 10, 2021

Parents are missing out on flexible work roles.

Three out of four jobs advertised in the UK still do not offer any kind of flexible work options, according to an annual survey of over five million ads.

Flexible work consultancy, Timewise, tracked millions of ads for 17 words or phrases, such as job-share.

From this analysis they found that the proportion of ads posted with a flexible component was just 26%.

Flexible workers also get paid considerably less than their full-time working counter-parts, who are often male.

Over the last 19 months the coronavirus pandemic has delivered a seismic shake-up in many professions – flipping a large chunk of the workforce to remote-working overnight.

there are many mid-career workers who, despite a recent surge in job adverts as Covid restrictions eased, still cannot find work that fits with their need for flexibility and level of experience.

The work landscape has shifted but experts say the way roles are advertised suggest bosses have failed to adapt to find the best talent. “Employers that don’t include their flexible working offering within their job ads are making a huge mistake,” said Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Organisational Psychologist at Alliance Manchester Business School.

“The hybrid model is what the majority of people want – and are currently practising.”

The Timewise survey also revealed part-time work and low pay are still synonymous in the UK. Some 19% of the low paid jobs advertised -those paying up to £20,000 full time equivalent -mentioned part-time possibilities. The highest chunk of any salary band.

Prof Cooper explained senior management may be making a conscious decision not to reference the term flexible working in any external communication “because they fear potential employees will think that they have the automatic right to work remotely 24/7.”

 

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