Flexible Working

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 20th January 2014.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of flexible working requests which were refused by (a) gender, (b) age and (c) regional location of the applicant in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The latest Work-life Balance Employee Survey shows the following on refusals to grant requests to change working arrangements:

  Percentage whose request to change working arrangements was rejected
Gender  
Female 10
Male 18
   
Age  
16-39 12
40-49 18
50+ 11
   
Region1  
South 14
North 16
Midlands 8
1 Base counts for Scotland and Wales too low for reliable estimates. Base: Employees who had made a request to change their working arrangements in the last two years. Source: Fourth Work-life Balance Employee Survey, BIS, July 2012.

As this is a survey, the proportions should be considered as approximately the same. The exception to this is gender, where males are more likely to be refused their request, relative to females.

The Fourth Work-life Balance Employee Survey was published by BIS in July 2012 and can be found on gov.uk.

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