Flexible working arrangements refers to flexibility over the time and/or place of work, and can take many different forms.
Working less than full-time hours.
Working from home or another location outside of the workplace.
Working a total number of hours in a flexible way, such as varying start or finish times or having a compressed work week.
Two or more people work part-time and share the responsibilities of a full time role between them.
Working on a permanent contract but take paid/unpaid leave during the school holidays.
Working a short period of time (several months) on a fixed-term contract or project.
There are many different reasons why people want to work flexibly
I’m an architect, and need to balance work with rehabilitation.
I want to continue working as a lawyer, but also spend time raising my young daughter.
I’m keen to contribute what I have learnt over many years in business, but also sharpen my golf handicap.
I prefer to avoid spending hours stuck in traffic by starting and finishing work early.
I want to extend my learning through studying, while continuing working.
I’m responsible for looking after my elderly parents, but still want to advance my career.
I’m keen to spend time volunteering in animal protection alongside work.
I like to arrange my work so that I can pick up my children from school twice a week.
I prefer to work some of the week from home – away from office noise and distractions.