Increasing availability of flexible working options

A British workplace employment relations survey reports that flexible working
options are becoming increasingly available and popular. More employers are
offering staff this opportunity, especially the options of homeworking and
term-time only working, helping employees achieve a better work-life balance.

The 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey (1998-2004) revealed a trend in
the proportion of employers who offered a variety of options:

  • homeworking up from 16% to 28%;
  • term-time only working up from 14% to 28%;
  • flexitime up from 19% to 26%;
  • job sharing up from 31% to 41%; and
  • switching from full-time to part-time working up from 46% to 64%.

Employees were also much more likely to be able to take leave when thought
necessary, with employers offering:

  • parental leave up from 38% to 73%;
  • paid paternity leave up from 48% to 92%;
  • special paid leave in emergencies - up from 24% to 31%.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)