Flexible working has increased dramatically over past 20 years
Flexible working has increased dramatically over past 20 years

Flexible working has increased dramatically over past 20 years

People working flexible hours has increased greatly over the last 20 years.

Figures and analysis show that those working flexible hours has increased five-fold, illustrating the growing change in working patterns as CEOs take into account the needs of their staff more; the upshot should be improved productivity too.

The 1999 Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 9.5% of the workforce took advantage of flexible working in the UK back then.

However, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – a professional association for human resource management professionals – has found that this figure has increased dramatically.

Now, 54% of workers have the option from their employers to work flexibly, and out of the traditional nine-to-five hours associated with working in an office.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) puts this down to advances in technology making working remotely much easier.

She also pointed out how crucial this type of working is for those who are depended upon for care.

She said: “It’s great to see that employees are being offered greater flexibility and autonomy over their work. This certainly is a step in the right direction in ensuring that the workforce is motivated and engaged in meaningful work.

“The advancements of technology over the past 20 years have no doubt played a significant part in making this possible. The collaborative software now available means that team members can communicate and work remotely with ease.

“Flexible working also pays an important role in bringing equality to the workplace.

“People with disabilities or caring responsibilities for example, often are unable to commute to the office or work conventional hours, therefore the option to work part-time, compressed hours or remotely is a necessity.

“As more employers begin to see the opportunities associated with flexible working, we can both boost diversity and inclusion and help end the dire skills shortages which are impacting many sectors.”


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