POSTED: September 15 2020
Big commitment to offer flexible working

Big commitment to offer flexible working

According to a recent study, nearly two-thirds (61.4%) of employers plan on offering flexible working to their employees following the pandemic. 

The CV Library surveyed 250 UK companies to understand their attitudes towards flexible working; with the findings showing that 62.4% of respondents already offered it before the pandemic.  Alongside this, 92.7% understand that more professionals will want to work flexibly or remotely going forward. 

A shift in attitudes

In today’s world, flexible working has become somewhat of an expectation amongst UK workers; as more people look to create a balance between their personal and professional lives.

This has forced many companies to shake up their traditional working practises and move away from the traditional 9-5, office-based operation. 

Alongside this, the global pandemic has encouraged organisations that may not have been as flexible previous, to to consider it going forward; after seeing that remote working and productivity can go hand-in-hand. 

As the CV Library study shows, employers understand that more people will be looking for remote or flexible working after the events of 2020; so, it’s important to shout about it throughout your hiring process.

Including flexible working in job adverts

The data shows that a proportion of jobs that include the term ‘flexible working’ in them has risen from 3.4% in 2019 to 4.6% in 2020; indicating that more companies are showcasing this option in their job adverts.

However, job adverts in certain industries were more likely to mention flexible working in their job adverts than others, with the top sectors including Social Care (14.1% of jobs), Charity (9.6% of jobs), IT (9.3% of jobs), Marketing (7.4% of jobs) and Design (6.8% of jobs). 

Naturally, flexible working isn’t an option for all professions; plus, it could relate to anything from flexible shift patterns, to working from home. 

Highlighting it when hiring

When the CV Library asked how employers plan on highlighting that flexible/remote working is available in their organisation, the most popular circumstance was when speaking to candidates about their vacancies (83.6%). How you communicate with candidates is massively important. Plus, you’ll want to ensure you’re explaining the benefits of working for the company.

In addition to this, a massive 74.1% of employers say they will mention flexible working in their job adverts. This is definitely important as it may make the different between someone applying or not.

Two-thirds (66.4%) say that they’ll mention it to candidates during interviews; a great opportunity to shout about your culture and the benefits of working there. Finally, 46.6% say they’ll mention it when offering someone the job; 44.8% on their career website; and 44.8% across their social media profiles.