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Happy to talk flexible working

19 Jun 2019

Recruiting managers encouraged to consider whether roles can be undertaken flexibly when advertising new posts

Family setting

We want to encourage the best possible people to work here– as well as encourage our existing people to develop their career.  

We know that many job applicants seek flexible working opportunities, so during recruitment we will now be asking our managers to consider whether a role can be undertaken flexibly and, if it can, to include the statement ‘happy to talk flexible working’ in their recruitment advert.  

Flexible working can take many forms.  It can include working fewer hours than a standard contract, compressed hours, job sharing, flexible start and finish times or term time only working. Recruiting managers may choose to be specific about the types of flexibility they would consider, or leave it open for discussion during the recruitment and selection process.  

This will help to open up our job opportunities to the widest possible internal and external talent pool. 

Using the statement will be entirely optional and the aim is to:

Indicate that the recruiting manager is open to discussing a variety of working patterns 

Encourage candidates to apply for roles and engage in a conversation about flexibility.  

Recruiting managers will indicate if a role is suitable for flexible working on the Post Contract Management (PCM) form. If the statement ‘happy to talk flexible working’ is used, it does not commit recruiting managers to offering flexible working or any specific working pattern.  

If you have any questions about flexible working during recruitment or Working Families, please contact Gemma Dale

Working families campaign

In November 2018 we asked for your suggestions on how our family policies could be improved via The Hive. 

The campaign received: 

  • 50 ideas
  • 163 comments
  • 2,112 votes

Following this campaign we have also:

We continue to work on embedding more of your suggestions.

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