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Managers ‘unclear’ on flexible working, according to report

PUBLISHED: 10:55 19 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:00 19 June 2014

A generic photo of woman having a meeting with her  manager. Pic: PA

A generic photo of woman having a meeting with her manager. Pic: PA

Managers are open to flexible working but rarely say so when they recruit, leaving candidates "confused", according to a new report.

Recruitment firm Timewise said its research showed that the UK had not caught up with modern working practices.

A survey of 1,100 workers showed that two out of five wanted flexible work arrangements.

A separate poll of 500 managers found that just one in four vacancies they advertised in the past year included details of whether flexible working options were offered.

Nine out of 10 managers said they would be willing to talk to candidates about flexible working possibilities.

Timewise co-founder Karen Mattison said: "The world of work is changing. Flexibility is moving from niche to mainstream.

"Millions of full time workers now want some choice on where and when they work. In today's post recession market employers are having to fight harder for talent, and yet by playing their cards too close to their chests when it comes to alternative working structures, they miss a key advantage.

"Talented and skilled people are actively searching for workplaces that offer a more modern approach, where quality of performance is rated more than the pattern it took to get there."

The right to request flexible working is being extended from the end of the month.

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