A brand-new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals that nearly two-thirds (61.4%) of employers plan on offering flexible working to their employees following the pandemic.
The job board surveyed 250 UK companies to understand their attitudes towards flexible working; with the findings showing that 62.4% of respondents already offered flexible working before the pandemic. Alongside this, 92.7% understand that more professionals will want to work flexibly or remotely going forward.
When asked how they plan on highlighting that flexible/remote working is available in their organisation, the most popular circumstances are when speaking to candidates about their vacancies (83.6%), in their job adverts (74.1%) and during interviews (66.4%).
Alongside this, 46.6% say they’ll mention it when offering someone the job, 44.8% on their career website and 44.8% across their social media profiles.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “In today’s world, flexible working has become somewhat of an expectation amongst UK workers, as more people look to create a balance between their personal and professional lives. This has forced many companies to shake up their traditional working practises and move away from the traditional 9-5, office-based operation.
“Alongside this, the global pandemic has encouraged organisations that may not have been as flexible previous, to to consider it going forward, after seeing that remote working and productivity can go hand-in-hand. As our study shows, employers understand that more people will be looking for remote or flexible working after the events of 2020; so, it’s important to shout about it throughout your hiring process.”
Further analysis of job postings on the CV-Library website indicates that the percentage of jobs which included the term ‘flexible working’ in the job description between January and July has risen from 3.4% in 2019, to 4.6% in 2020.
However, job adverts in certain industries were more likely to mention flexible working in their job adverts than others, with the top sectors including Social Care (14.1% of jobs), Charity (9.6% of jobs), IT (9.3% of jobs), Marketing (7.4% of jobs) and Design (6.8% of jobs).
Biggins continues: “Naturally, flexible working isn’t an option for all professions; plus, it could relate to anything from flexible shift patterns, to working from home. Our data tells us that proportion of jobs that include the term ‘flexible working’ in them has risen year-on-year, indicating that more companies are showcasing this option in their job adverts.”