Flexible working has little impact

Flexible
working practices have hardly made any impact over the last eight years,
concludes a report.

Britain’s
World of Work – Myths and Realities, draws its findings from the Working in
Britain 2000 Survey conducted by the London School of Economics and  Policy Studies Institute at the University
of Westminster.

It
finds while the proportion of staff who can work flexibly increased from 16.8
per cent in 1992 to 22 per cent in 2000, the percentage of employees who can
determine their own hours increased by just 0.4 per cent, from 10.3 to 10.7 per
cent, over the same period.

Just
over 60 per cent of staff had their hours fixed by their employer in 1992
compared to 53.8 per cent in 2000.

The
report also shows that of the 2,466 employees interviewed the need to make
money was found to be a much stronger motivation among manual workers than
managers and professionals.

When
asked if a job is a just a means to a living, more than 50 per cent of manual
workers said it was. This contrasts with less than 30 per cent of professionals
and 33 per cent of people in a technical/supervisory role.  www.esrc.ac.uk

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