A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report launched yesterday suggests that employers that fail to offer flexible working are losing out on a good proportion of highly qualified recruits.

The report will be of interest to economic development teams aiming to maximise the number of their residents in work. In "normal times" the major increases in employment levels come from economically inactive people joining the labour market, and it is this group in particular that flexible working suits. 

The CE of the JRF said yesterday that "employment is not a route out of poverty, the nature of employment is". Reading through this research, I imagine many economic development teams will be interested in looking at the proportion of flexible jobs and economically inactive people in their areas, and how their work with local businesses could further reduce poverty.