Support for Flexible Working

The MP for Angus will today (Tuesday) co-sponsor a Westminster Bill that would allow more flexibility by default in the workplace.

Helen Whateley MP’s Ten Minute Rule Bill on Flexible Working will introduce the concept that every job will allow flexible work, unless an employer states otherwise.

Angus MP Kirstene Hair believes this will allow more women stay in work and develop their careers after having children.

She said:

“The Flexible Working Bill will require employers to offer flexible working in employment contracts and to advertise vacancies as suitable for flexible working unless the job can’t be done flexibly.

“As well as women who are trying to enter or re-enter the world of work, this would benefit those who work as kinship carers for family and friends, who don’t count that as a job.

“It will benefit single parents or guardians, and fathers who work flexibly allow mothers to advance in their careers.

“It will close the gender pay gap and be good for businesses, too.”

Last week, Ms Hair underlined the important of tackling pregnancy and maternity discrimination in a question to the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

As a coalition of charities and campaign groups, we are supporting Helen Whately’s 10 minute rule bill and campaigning for change. Flexible working is beneficial to employees, business and our economy.

A spokeswoman for campaign group coalition Flex For All said:

“There’s a huge disconnect between the 9 out of 10 people who want to work flexibly and the one in 10 jobs that are currently advertised as flexible.

“Flexible working has shown to increase productivity, staff wellbeing, staff retention and company profit.”