Although the right to request flexible working is now the law and remote working, at least some of the time is certainly on the increase among British employers new research from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggests that London may not be the best place to be for flexible, well paid work. Only 52% of Londoners enjoy some sort of flexible working which is 2% below the national average.
The research showed that those in the capital are less likely to work flexibly than the rest of the UK, despite having longer commutes, it also found that 69% of Londoners who work flexibly are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs, compared with 52% of those who don’t work flexibly.
David D’Souza, head of CIPD London, said. “As new generations enter the labour market with different expectations about how they want to work, and older generations stay in work longer, the rigid working habits too many employers still abide by will have to change. The next Mayor of London should work with employers and bodies like the CIPD to lead a campaign to change attitudes, learn from best practice and expand the types of flexible working available.”
An analysis of 3.5 million job adverts earlier this year reported that just 6.2% of those offering a full-time salary of £20,000 or more mentioned anything about flexibility. London was rated the worst place to find flexible, well-paid work.
In contrast, a new study has been launched offering a guide to places to live and work in the UK, based on local people’s judgement of the pros and cons of their hometowns and cities and Bournemouth was voted as one of the best.
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