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Flex for All, campaign, flexitime, Day 1, all jobs, all advertisements, Fawcett Society, Young Women's Trust, TUC“Allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier and more productive.”

Campaigners want to change the law so that employers have to publish flexible working options in job advertisements, or justify why the job can not be done flexibly – and so that if you took the job you would have the right to work flexibly, as advertised, from Day 1.

And they want all workers would have the right to request flexible working at any stage in their employment.

The problem is there is a huge disconnect between the 9 out of 10 people who want to work flexibly and the 1 in 10 jobs that are currently advertised as flexible.

Even though flexible working – part time, flexi hours, home working, compressed hours and job share – is good for the economy: it increases productivity, staff wellbeing, staff retention and company profits.

Research by McKinsey has shown that enabling women to achieve their full potential in the workplace, including through widening flexible working, could add £148 billion to the UK economy by 2030; and when fathers work flexibly and share the childcare, mothers are twice as likely to advance in their careers compared to when fathers work more traditionally.

In short, flexible working should not be seen as a perk for favoured employees but as a normal way to work in the modern world.

The campaign group Flex For All is an alliance between Pregnant Then Screwed, the Fawcett Society, Mother Pukka, the Young Women’s Trust, The Fatherhood Institute and, more recently, the TUC.

And the TUC has found that one in three (30 per cent) requests for flexible working are being turned down, according to.

A new TUC poll – published as children around the UK go back to school – reveals that flexible working is not available to many workers, and that people in working-class jobs are most likely to miss out on it.

The survey showed that:

Flexi-time is unavailable to over half (58 per cent) of the UK workforce. This number rises to nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) for people in working-class occupations.

3 in 10 workers (28 per cent) say their desire for more flexible hours is one of the main reasons they might look for a new job.

Remarking on this, the TUC’s General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “Flexible working should be a day one right that’s available to everyone.

“But under current law bosses have free rein to turn down requests.

“It’s not right that millions are struggling to balance their work and home lives. Ministers must change the law so that people can work flexibly – regardless of what type of contract they are on.

“Allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier and more productive.”

Tthe Flex for All campaign has launched a petition to change the law so that flexible working is open to all workers from day one in the job, with employers required to advertise all jobs on that basis. Please sign and share!

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