UK firms too rigid on flexible working

Less than half of UK organisations offer flexitime, compared to 90% in Germany and 94% in Sweden, according to a Cranfield School of Management survey of 8,000 organisations across 32 European countries.

Less than half of UK organisations offer flexitime, compared to 90% in Germany and 94% in Sweden, according to a Cranfield School of Management survey of 8,000 organisations across 32 European countries.

Teleworking figures reveal yet further disparity, with just 20% of UK workers offered this option compared to 44% of Germans and 40% of Swedes.

Other flexible working arrangements such as part-time working, home working and job-shares are on a par with the rest of Europe.

Historically, the UK’s more flexible labour market has been held up as a source of our competitive advantage over the rest of Europe.

“Whilst there may be more restrictive labour laws in some European countries than in the UK, the development of flexible working time and flexibility of contract is almost universal,” says Professor Shaun Tyson, director of Cranfield School of Management's Human Resource Research Centre.

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