More people are shunning nine-to-five jobs in favour of flexible working
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The nine-to-five is becoming old hat as record numbers of people turn to more flexible and independent ways of working, a study has found.
The trend has led to more women working as well as increased self-employment for its work-life benefits, according to the report by online marketplace notonthehighstreet and Oxford Economics.
Research showed there are now 134,000 small creative businesses in the UK, employing 192,000 people.
Starting a business is now a way back into work for many women who took time off to care for children.
Norwich firm Curveball Media has introduced a six-hour working day in a bid to boost productivity and staff wellbeing.
Simon Belsham, chief executive of notonthehighstreet.com, said: 'In the last 10 years, thousands of small creative businesses have emerged all over the UK, creating jobs, driving wealth creation and contributing significantly to the economy.
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'Perhaps most importantly, however, these businesses are highlighting the huge change under way in the UK workforce, a transformation that is seeing more women in work and more people turning to self-employment and flexible working as they shun the traditional nine-to-five model.
'Our hyper-connected world and advances in technology are allowing more people to find greater autonomy over working lives and fulfilment through work.'
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