Last reviewed 8 December 2021

Half (49%) of the HR managers polled by the TUC have said that greater flexible working could work for their business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, building on the 21% who say that their business already enabled significant flexible working before the pandemic.

Only 24% of the HR managers polled said they would not enable significant flexible working at their company or business following the pandemic.

The TUC findings were published as the Government’s consultation on flexible working closed and show, the union body argues, that employer attitudes towards flexible working arrangements have shifted markedly in recent months.

The TUC is calling for the Government to “unlock the flexibility in every job” by introducing a new duty on employers to include the possible flexible working options in all job adverts and giving every worker the right to work flexibly.

That means every job ad would include details of the potential flexible working arrangements available in that role — whether flexi-time, compressed hours, part-time hours, term-time only hours, job-shares, home or remote working, or predictable shifts.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Attitudes to all types of flexible working changed significantly in the pandemic. Ministers need to take advantage of this — and make sure all workers can get the flexible working they need”.

Flexible working is how we keep mums in work and close the gender pay gap, she went on. It enables dads to spend more time with their kids and helps disabled workers and carers stay in their jobs.

However, the TUC says, despite rising support for flexible working in business, only one in four jobs are advertised with flexible work options listed.