New research from Manchester University has revealed that there has been no significant overall increase in the number of employees working flexibly since the legislation came into effect in 2014. They analysed data from almost 25,000 employees and looked at those working flexible start and finish times, fewer hours, or from home. In 2010, 44.1 percent of all employees worked flexibly, and by 2015 the figure was 44.3 percent. Despite the legislation being extended to cover all employees in 2014 it seems to have levelled out.
The CIPD’s report on UK Working lives earlier this year pointed out that 42% of workers have the option to vary their hours and 40% are able to work for home but the trend data suggests they are ‘stalling’. Nearly two thirds of employees would like to reduce their hours and one in four finds it hard to relax outside of work because of their job.
Another recent survey showed that majority of working parents want to move to a more flexible working culture, but three quarters of them don’t have it as an option. So we are still a long way from getting the ideal work-life balance.