How important is flexible working for candidates?

Being able to work from home or to choose your own hours is often seen as some of the most important perks employers can offer candidates, but now a report has revealed exactly how significant flexible working is for jobseekers.

55% of UK workers say that flexible working is crucial when they decide on their next job, according to a survey from Powwownow. The conference call provider also revealed that 70% of UK staff believe that having the option to decide their own hours, or even work from home, would improve their relationships with colleagues.

Additionally, 73% of respondents wished their employers would offer them the option to work flexibly. 60% claimed to be more productive when they have the option to work in a way that suits them. In fact, 58% said that they’d be more motivated to succeed if provided with the option of flexible working.

Jason Downes is the Managing Director at Powwownow. He says: “Flexible working has clearly become a key aspect that people look for when choosing a job and I therefore believe it plays a crucial part in hiring the top talent.

“It has become more important than ever to find the right work-life balance and people will immediately be attracted to roles that offer this.

“It is really interesting to see that people find their working relationships improve through a flexible way of working, as they are clearly able to leave the office and clear their heads when they feel needed. It is great that this is also having a positive impact on productivity and motivation.”

Flexible working has long been hailed as a way to keep women in work. The issue was recently highlighted by a survey from Women in Recruitment, an organisation devoted to the rights of women in the recruitment sector. The research, which looked into why women leave the recruitment sector despite often being the highest billers, revealed that 21% of respondents wanted more flexible working opportunities.

Women in Recruitment’s research concluded that the recruitment sector’s culture is too male-oriented. However, not everyone agrees. For instance, Kirstin Duffy, COO at BRUIN, doesn’t believe the recruitment sector is too male-oriented. To solve this issue once and for all, we let the two sides make their cases in the latest issue of Recruitment Grapevine. Check out the Great Debate here.

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