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Could contractor accountants try out flexible working?

Could contractor accountants try out flexible working?

The CIPD has backed the coalition’s plans to hold an early consultation into extending the right to request flexible working to cover all employees.

The Institute expressed disappointment that parents of older children were not to be given the right to request flexible working but said it was a positive sign that the issue is to stay on the political agenda.

The government has scrapped its plans to allow a wider range of employees to request flexible working for fear that it would lead to increased costs for businesses which in turn could hamper the economic recovery.

Ben Willmott, the senior policy adviser at the Institute, said he was heartened that the coalition has committed to an early consultation on the issue. However, the CIPD will continue to urge government to extend the flexible working right to all employees at the earliest possible opportunity.

He added that flexible working should not be seen as a regulatory burden and additional cost as many employers have already discovered that it actually makes sound business sense.

Millions of UK workers already enjoy flexible working because their employers recognise that a flexible workforce is more diverse, engaged and effective. This is likely to become even more salient as the economic recovery progresses and competition for top talent increases.

Regardless of government legislation, many companies will continue to build a flexible, family-friendly culture in their organisation and will be in a better place to attract and retain the skilled, experienced workers they need.

Willmott ended by saying that it was a sensible motivation and retention strategy to accommodate the wishes of employees wherever possible as it boosts organisational performance.

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