Staff prepared to work into old age with flexible hours

Nearly three-quarters of UK staff would work later in life if they could do so flexibly, according to new research.

The Mori survey of 1,600 UK staff, commissioned by recruitment firm Manpower, also shows that 59% of employees would be happy to work a longer week if their hours were flexible.

Staff ranked flexible working and work-life balance as one of the three top factors when deciding what makes a great employer.

Career progression opportunities, competitive benefits and salary packages were also rated as other leading considerations when choosing where to work.

Mark Cahill, managing director of Manpower, said: “While it is still the case that benefits and salary often feature at the top of employee wish-lists, employers need to recognise that many rate flexibility just as highly.

“The job for life is long dead,” he added. “People today are likely to have at least two or three different careers in their lifetime and they want to have more say over how and when they work.”

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