Flexible working arrangements widespread but not yet universal in UK, XpertHR survey finds

XHRFlexPolicies2013Flexible working policies are operated by the majority of UK employers in 2013, but are not yet offered to all employees, latest XpertHR benchmarking research finds.

The XpertHR benchmarking survey on flexible working arrangements finds that eight employers in 10 have a written policy on flexible working in place. By sector, this figure rises to nine in 10 employers in the public sector. But the figure falls back sharply in the private sector.

The Government proposes to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees from Spring 2014.

Consequently, some UK employers will need to review their flexible working policies over the coming months.

Latest XpertHR benchmarking research provides key insights into UK employers’ flexible working arrangements and their views on the Government’s plans. The survey is based on responses from 144 organisations with a combined workforce of 540,049 employees.
The survey provides up-to-date benchmarking data on many aspects of flexible working arrangements in 2013, including the following: flexible working policy provision; types of flexible working arrangement in use; the problems and benefits of flexible working; and UK employers’ expectations of the planned 2014 extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees.

Flexible Working 2013: How to access the Benchmarking survey findings
XpertHR users can access key findings of our 2013 Benchmarking survey of flexible working arrangements in a number of ways:

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