Media and Communications Manager
Although the number of employers with a flexible working policy and/or strategy has increased for the fourth year in a row, very few organisations are setting targets for engagement with them.
New data from the 2016-17 dataset of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Agency) shows that almost seven out of ten (68.3%) employers now have a flexible working policy and/or strategy. That is an increase of 10.8 percentage points from the Agency’s first year of reporting in 2013-14.
However, only 4.6% of organisations then go on to set targets for engagement in flexible working within their organisation. Just 1.4% of employers have set targets for men’s take up of flex arrangements.
Agency Director Libby Lyons says that opening up access to flexible working is vital to increasing gender equality in the workplace.
“We all have commitments at home – be they a sick loved one, a child, a parent or a course of study,” she said. “Employers need to make increasing the use of flexible working arrangements a top priority.
“Setting targets means that employers and managers have to create change or explain why they haven’t. It stops a good policy from being filed and forgotten.”
The Agency offers a set of flexible working toolkits here. Explore more data on flexible working on our free, interactive Data Explorer.