Working Families and others call on Government to consult on flexible recruitment without delay
Published: 11 Jul 2019
Working Families and a host of other organisations are calling for the Government to consult on flexible recruitment without delay.
Parents and carers who work or want to work are disadvantaged by the way the UK labour market is structured – there are simply too few quality, permanent part-time and flexible jobs. Some parents and carers are left with a binary choice between not working or taking on insecure, often low-paid work. Others who have managed to obtain flexibility in their current role on an individual basis feel unable to move on for fear they won’t get the flexibility they have now, elsewhere.
Working part-time and flexibly is often seen in a negative light, which can adversely impact career progression. Our 2019 Modern Families Index found that parents working part-time have just a 21% chance of being promoted within the next three years, compared to 45% for their full-time counterparts.
Parents and carers need a labour market that is part-time and flexible by default. In October 2018 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Greg Clark MP announced that the Government would consider creating a duty for employers to consider whether a job can be done flexibly, and make that clear when advertising roles. Legislative intervention along these lines would help increase the supply of part-time and flexible jobs, creating a labour market that is fairer and works for employers and employees.
But the Government has yet to consult on its proposal – and time is running out. Working Families lead the Families & Work Group, who have collaborated on this briefing, which makes the case for legislative intervention and calls for the consultation to be published without delay.