Flexible working practices – both in terms of where employees work and when – are central to good jobs that improve staff wellbeing and productivity. The Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to home working has shone a spotlight on the benefits of flexible working, but access to flexible jobs is far from equal.
Too often people are turning away from work due to the inability of jobs to fit around their lives and caring responsibilities. This is contributing to a tight labour market, skills shortages and an untapped pool of workers. Building flexible working options into jobs from day one (including part-time, remote working or core hours) and expressing this openly on job adverts will mobilise the labour market, enabling people to access and hold onto jobs they couldn’t previously.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority reached out to the Inclusive Growth Network (IGN) to understand what flexible work looks like in the city region, helping to underpin and substantiate the Flexible Work characteristic of their Good Employment Charter.
The combined authority teamed up with Timewise, experts in flexible working, to produce an evidence base of the availability and accessibility of flexible work in the city region.