“All new jobs should be advertised as flexible to reflect change”

“All new jobs should be advertised as flexible to reflect change”


In response to a report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, Alexander Mann Solutions is calling on UK organisations to proactively encourage flexibility across the entire workforce.

Entitled ‘Fathers in the Workplace’, the report recommends that all new jobs be advertised as flexible to reflect societal change.

Alexander Mann Solutions argue that not doing so will risk impacting negatively on employee engagement and an organisation’s ability to attract and retain the best talent.

The report finds that fathers are even more likely than mothers to feel that their request to work flexibly will be viewed negatively by potential employers. It also finds that women with dependents are more than three and a half times more likely to be working part-time as make counterparts in similar circumstances.

The House of Commons report also highlights the disparity between 96% of employers saying they offer some level of agile working, and the findings by the Timewise foundation that just 9.8% of job vacancies paying over £20,000 FTE offer some kind of flexibility.

Paul Modley, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Alexander Mann Solutions, said “The right to work flexibly should not be viewed as the preserve of females with young families or individuals in lower skilled roles.

“Society on the whole and expectations of employees are changing. Regardless of age, gender or level of seniority, individuals are increasingly seeking to work in a way which fits with their wider lifestyle and commitments. Employers who fail to respond to this desire risk missing out on the skills and experience of a huge proportion of the working population.

“As Timewise’s data shows, the majority of businesses are, in theory, happy to consider role flexibility if it means that they are able to access the skills they need. However, the fact that this is not reflected in legacy-laden recruitment processes means that jobseekers may not even consider a role unless a flexible working culture is celebrated and promoted at the earliest stage of the recruitment process. The best person for the job may never apply.”

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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