New research finds that though 97% of UK workplaces offer at least one form of flexible working, including job sharing, flexitime and working remotely, over the past six years there had not been great increases in take-up. Furthermore, only 19% of working women in the UK were able to vary the hours they work, this is compared to 41% in Sweden.
This is despite major UK policy initiatives designed to extend the uptake of flexible working.
It is suggested that cultural factors may explain low uptake – over 40% of employees, male and female, reporting that they would feel uncomfortable asking to work flexibly.
Read more at the FT.