A report from the REC’s Flexible Work Commission has positively identified the flexible working model, adopted by many businesses over the last few years, as one of the legacies of the recession. The Flexible Work Commission, which also comprises of the FCSA, PCG, IMA and other industry bodies and organisations, have been working since February this year and have produced a number of key recommendations for both business and government.
Some of the key work of the group has been to interview business and employment bodies in order to find out about the range of flexible work practices being used throughout the UK. Their findings included recommendations for businesses to promote flexible working roles through their organisations, as well as providing training for employees working in flexible teams.
The report also called for the government to uptake all forms of flexibility throughout the public sector, and for trade associations, professional institutes and employee organisations to work together to support flexibility for both businesses and workers.
Chair of the Flexible Work Commission David Frost described how flexible working practices are a key reason for unemployment being below pre recession levels. He said; “There is an opportunity to create a real positive legacy from the recession if we can share the knowledge and experience from organisations who have successfully used flexible work arrangements to improve their businesses with more employers throughout the UK.”
The REC’s chief executive, Kevin Green, added that a wider understanding of flexible work needs to be adopted by government as, “Part-time working, contracting and other flexible solutions have been a significant factor in keeping people in work and companies in business during this recession.”
“The UK has a competitive advantage in its flexible labour market and by enhancing and promoting the benefits of flexibility to all, we can leverage this advantage to create more, and better, jobs in the UK.”
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