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.
New part-time or flexible job vacancies are necessary to enable workless people in low-income households to enter the jobs market on a flexible basis, and for people in low-paid part-time work to progress to new jobs with better pay while retaining their flexibility. The report shows that: - parents, older people and disabled people need to earn at least £10.63 per hour to meet basic minimum income standards – the target pay threshold for a ‘quality’ job; - 1.9 million people could benefit from a quality flexible job and have the necessary qualifications, of whom 202,300 are in poverty; - demand for flexible jobs (47 per cent across all salary levels) is far in excess of supply (6.2 per cent of all quality vacancies).