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Lower earners ‘missing out’ on flexible working

Published: October 28, 2016

The ability to work flexibly is easier for those on a higher salary, claims new research.

Charity Working Families found parents earning above £40,000 are more likely to have a flexible arrangement in place with their employer compared to those on a lower income.

A survey of 1,000 working parents also found those who earn over £70,000 are 47 per cent more likely to be able to work flexibly compared to those taking home between £10,000 and £40,000.

Working parents admitted they regularly work extra hours without being financial rewarded, with 25 per cent revealing they work at least five extra unpaid hours each week.

The charity is calling for more businesses and organisations to adopt a flexible approach to working hours and ensure job adverts reveal they are happy to recruit those who have commitments outside of work.

Working Families’ chief executive Sarah Jackson said: “We know flexible working makes business sense across the salary spectrum, so why should only the people who earn the most be able to reap the rewards?

“We want jobs at all levels to be advertised as flexible. And this should be the norm, rather than the exception.”

Mitrefinch offers rostering technology that can help managers organise their workforce more efficiently and help manage flexible working patterns.

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