Marks & Spencer, Tesco, BP and Thomas Cook lead flexible working charge

Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies are using flexible working to keep their staff happy. Flexible workingrequires the introduction of a wide range ofmobile...

Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies are using flexible working to keep their staff happy. Flexible workingrequires the introduction of a wide range ofmobile computing and security technology.

According to research by ntl:Telewest Business, 69% of FTSE 100 companies have already introduced measures to enable flexible working.

Companies such as Marks & Spencer, Tesco, BP and Thomas Cook, were found to offer flexible working rights that go above and beyond government legislation on flexible working.

Recent legislation extended the number of parents entitled to request flexible working to include parents of children up to 16, which could lead to an extra 4.5 million people asking to work from home. It was previously for parents of children up to the age of six or disabled children aged up to 18.

Andrew McGrath, commercial director for ntl:Telewest Business, said flexible working is an issue affecting a far wider spread of businesses.

ntl:Telewest Business said flexible and home working, and giving workers the technology to make these practices possible, can also be a cost-effective way for companies to keep people on side during economically difficult times.

"Companies under financial pressure can find it difficult to keep their staff motivated and loyal, especially if wages and bonuses are frozen, but taking action to help them strike a better work-life balance can help remedy this," said McGrath.

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