One year on from the right to request flexible working, and it's the City that is embracing flexibility


More firms in the City are embracing flexibility, according to research by recruitment company, Astbury Marsden.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 City staff, one third of men said they now have some flexibility over the number of hours they work, with women reporting similar figures.

Encouragingly, flexibility is being led by senior managers and above. Half of managing directors, and one third of other directors say they now have the option to work flexibly.

Adam Jackson, managing director of Astbury Marsden, said: 'These figures suggest the City is becoming far less rigid about its working patterns with more and more staff able to choose to work outside of standard office hours.'

He added: 'Although a long hours culture is still the norm, City firms are becoming more open to the idea of giving workers greater freedom over when they start and finish or what days they work, giving them more leeway to fit in family or other commitments.'

The data coincides with the one year anniversary of the right for employees to request flexible working, and separate research which shows one third of companies still do not offer flexible working.