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High earning parents more likely to work flexibly

HR News |  07/10/2016
High earning parents are more likely to be able to work flexibly, says new research from Working Families.

According to the survey, parents who earn more than £70,000 a year are 47 per cent more likely to work flexibly than those earning between £10,000 and £40,000.

The research showed that more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of working parents who earned more than £70,000 worked flexibly, while less than half (47 per cent) of those earning between £10,000 and £40,000 can work flexibly.

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said: “Families need time as well as money to thrive. But one shouldn’t depend on the other.

“We know flexible working makes business sense across the salary spectrum, so why should only the people who earn the most be able to reap the rewards?”

She went on to add: “We want jobs at all levels to be advertised as flexible. And this should be the norm, rather than the exception.”

Ms Jackson said that everyone “has the right to request flexible work patterns” and that she hoped more employees and employers would “explore the benefits” of flexible working.

The survey also showed that more than half (55 per cent) of working parents polled put in extra unpaid hours each week, with one-quarter saying they worked at least five extra unpaid hours a week.

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of parents polled said their job interfered with their ability to take part in school or nursery milestones for their children, such as attending performances or parents’ evenings.

A further 62 per cent of parents said work affected the time they had to help children with homework.

By John Lynes

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