Flexiworkforce | Tracey Eker


Flexible working

It’s becoming more apparent to employers that in order to have the best workforce they have to consider flexible options


Q: I’ve read recently in the paper that employment law may be changing regarding flexible working. Can you advise?

The new legislation came into place on the 30th June 2014 and it means that employees can now formally make a request in writing for flexible working arrangements and that an employer has up to 3 months to decide whether to accept the request. The employer must have a sound business reason to reject the request so if you as an employee then feel that the request was rejected unfairly then you now have the right to go to a tribunal. If the application is accepted then the employee will have their contract changed to state their new flexible working arrangements!

Q: I retired early 3 years ago but now find that my pension is not enough for me to live on. I would like to supplement my income but don’t want to work full time. Is my age and this period out of work a barrier to returning to the workplace?

This is a very common concern for the over 50s that we speak to, but don’t worry because it could actually be an advantage for you! There are lots of companies looking for the expertise that you can provide but not on a full-time salary and this sort of part-time arrangement could be ideal for you. Leading employers are actively looking for mature staff who have the skills they need and that bridge the gap between their customer and employee demographic, and to make sure that your period out of work doesn’t act against you check out our CV advice and tips section at Flexiworkforce.com

Q: I run a small business with less than 10 staff but we are growing fast and need some senior management help on sales, strategy, financial reporting and technology but we can’t afford 3 senior people on the payroll. How can I access this type of experience without the huge cost?

There’s actually a very simple solution to this. You can’t afford to have the level of expertise you need on full-time contracts but there is a huge number of people who have these skills who want to work in a part-time capacity, meaning that you can get the experienced people you need but at a cost that’s affordable.

Q: I have caring responsibilities for my elderly parents and I am trying to work full time but just can’t keep going like this. My employer has refused my flexible working request so I need to move jobs. Are there employers out there with roles that would allow me to work flexibly around my responsibilities?

Yes there are lots of employers out there that are looking for staff on a flexible basis, offering roles that would have the flexibility you need to work around caring for your parents. It’s becoming more apparent to employers that in order to have the best workforce they have to consider flexible options. All of the companies that we work with have strong diversity and inclusion policies and they are actively seeking out skilled workers to work flexibly, whether that be part-time, flexi-time or any one of a range of other flexible working options. I’m sure you’ll find something suitable.