UK bosses embrace flexible working
The vast majority of flexible working requests from parents with young children are being approved by bosses, encouraging data put out by the Department of Trade & Industry has revealed.
The data showed that eight out of ten requests by working parents were fully accepted, with 9% partially accepted or a compromise reached.
Almost a quarter of working parents had put in requests in the last year, while the number of requests denied has halved.
DTI secretary Patricia Hewitt welcomed the findings and said employers had sent out a signal of support for flexible working. ‘This should give more parents the confidence to raise the issue with their boss either informally on through the new right,’ she added.
Yesterday, the government released new rules to protect temporary workers, including measures to protect employees from recruitment agencies that withhold pay for various reasons.