The CIPD is calling on organisations and government to make the right to request flexible working a day-one right.
Flexible working practices in the UK aren’t fair. Those in lower paid, more manual occupations often don't have access to the same flexible working opportunities as those in higher paid, managerial professions.
On Thursday 23 September, the Government published a consultation on making the right to request flexible working a day one right for all employees. The CIPD welcomes the consultation after campaigning for this on behalf of millions of employees since launching Flex from 1st in February 2021, and will be responding to the consultation in due course.
What is Flex from 1st?
The CIPD’s Flex From 1st campaign aims to make access to flexible working arrangements more equal.
While COVID-19 has driven an increase in remote working, CIPD research has found that 46% of UK employees still do not have access to any form of flexible working in their current role, despite the many different types of flexible working arrangements available. Those without access to flexible working are around twice as likely to be dissatisfied in their job, compared to those who do.
CIPD research has also clearly identified the benefits of flexible working arrangements for employers and employees, from improved wellbeing and work–life balance to greater productivity. Take a look at our glossary of flexible working terms for more information on what each type of flexible working arrangement means.
The CIPD’s Flex From 1st campaign is encouraging employers to support flexible working for all and the right to request flexible working from day-one of employment. And we’re calling for a change to UK law to make flexible working requests a day-one right for all employees. At present, UK law states that employees can only request to work flexibly after 26 weeks of employment, with a limit of one request per 12-months. This needs to change.