Can you give us any evidence to present to the Secretary of State to respond to the Government's rejection of our recommendation on making all jobs available for flexible working?
We recommended that "All jobs should be available to work flexibly unless an employer can demonstrate an immediate and continuing business case against doing so."
The latest data (PDF 620KB) from 2016 shows that just 8.7% of jobs paying a full-time equivalent of £20,000 are advertised as available to work flexibly or part-time. Our report demonstrated that this creates a significant bottleneck to women's employment, promotion and progression opportunities.
In its response to our recommendation, the Government says "The current statutory scheme strikes a balance between giving employees the flexibility to combine work with other responsibilities and allowing employers to plan effectively. Employers can also advertise jobs on flexible terms or offer flexible working arrangements to their employees outside the statutory scheme if they wish – and many employers already do so."
- Please read the full Government response to this recommendation before contributing your comments.
- We're looking for strong evidence-based arguments responding to the Government's case. These may include references to academic research, case studies, and examples of what has worked in other countries. Please include references as hyperlinks where possible.
The forum is now closed. The deadline for comments was midday on 12 April 2017.