Job advert analysis by Timewise has shown that just over 15% of roles advertised in the UK are flexible – up slightly from the previous year.
Almost half of all advertised flexible jobs were for part-time roles. And only 27% of the job adverts Timewise analysed explicitly offered flexible working.
A further quarter of flexible job adverts offer other specific forms of flex, such as home-working or flexi-time. The remaining quarter offer unspecified options for ‘flexible working’ – these tend to be full-time jobs where the employer is open to flexibility by negotiation with the candidate.
But 87% of employees want to work flexibly.
The problem is particularly prevalent for those trying to move from low paid part-time jobs into middle-earning part-time jobs.
23% of vacancies in the lowest pay band (under £20k FTE) offer flexible working options, but at the next salary band (£20k-£34K FTE), the availability of flexible jobs drops off to just 14%.
The rate of growth in flexible jobs has actually been fastest amongst higher paid roles. In adverts for jobs paid over £60k FTE, the availability of flexible working has trebled over 5 years, from 5 per cent in 2016 to 15 per cent now.