For too long those who have needed to work fewer hours or work flexibly have faced career penalties because of a workplace that was designed for a family structure where one person stayed at home and another went out to work.

However this traditional structure no longer represents the majority of UK households. Companies that have focused on giving their employees greater flexibility in how, when and where they work have capitalised on attracting and keeping the best people. 

Flexible working is now the preferred way of working for a large proportion of both men and women across generations. This is shown by Timewise research from 2017 that finds that 7 in 10 (73 per cent) of the UK workforce currently work either part-time or full-time with some form of flexible working pattern1. So the commercial rationale for enabling flexible working is clear.

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