Workers Would Choose Flexible Working Over Pay Rise If Given Choice

Just 34% of employees are encouraged to work remotely, while 54% would actually welcome the opportunity to do so

Workers Would Choose Flexible Working Over Pay Rise If Given Choice

53% of UK employees would take the chance to work more flexible hours rather than receive a 5% pay rise, according to a report by My Family Care.

The survey of 1,587 UK employees and 310 employers revealed that 45% of workers would even refuse a 10% salary increase if flexible working was offered instead.

Just 34% of those surveyed are encouraged to work remotely, while 54% would actually welcome the opportunity to do so – suggesting business owners aren’t meeting employee needs in this regard.

Worryingly, the study showed an enduring stigma around the practice with 26% of women and 18% of men saying that working flexibly would impact their career prospects – although flexibility was equally important to both genders.

Those working in the technology industry were the most likely to want flexible working (75%), followed by accountancy (72%) and finance (64%).

With regards age. the desire for less stringent working hours appears most popular amongst millennials, with 55% wishing for flexible start and finishing times, while 24% want to work remotely more than once a week.

Ben Black, director of My Family Care, said:

“With so many of any given workforce having some kind of caring or family responsibility, the benefits of flexible working are vast.

“With the rising number of working mothers in the UK, the increase in pension age, a rapidly ageing population – and the emergence of the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ where individuals are called upon to care for both their children and elderly relatives – businesses need to see the value in offering flexible working to attract and retain top quality staff.”

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