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Higher salaried roles found to be the least flexible

Posted: 27 Jun 2017

Higher salaried roles found to be the least flexible

The phrase 'more money, more problems' seems to be ringing true for employees, according to the new Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2017.The research found that just one in ten (11.9%) roles with a salary of between £20,000 and £34,000 provided flexible working options, while the figure rose to 20.4% for those earning a lower wage of between £14,000 to £19,999 a year. 

The disparity became even more apparent the further up the pay scale you went; 8.6% of those earning between £35,000 and £59,000 were offered flexible working benefits. That figure dropped to 7.1% for those earning between £60,000 to £79,000. 

While this trend could be linked to more rigid workdays or higher responsibility in higher paid roles, it does spell trouble for those looking for flexible work and a well paid job as the survey suggests that candidates could struggle to find a role that matches their working style.

Moreover, the research found that only 54% of the workforce currently enjoy flexible working and there remains a schism between supply and demand. But all is not lost as flexible roles are becoming increasingly common, with the number of quality roles that advertised flexibility at the point of hire rising from 8.7% in 2016 to 9.8% this year.

Emma Stewart, co-founder and joint CEO of Timewise, commented that there was more employers could do to encourage flexible working. For instance, as many as three-quarters of candidates would never ask about flexibility in an interview and few employers advertise it, despite it being a major selling point. As a consequence, employers often miss out on excellent candidates who simply won't apply, and applicants may end up in a role that does not suit their needs.

Here at Stopgap we understand the kinds of benefits that today's marketing candidates are looking for. Give us a call today to learn more about compensation levels in your sector and what else you can do to attract top talent.

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