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UK – Legal staff want more flexi-time

10 April 2013

The introduction of flexi-time could improve staff attraction and retention in law firms, according to research carried out by legal recruiter Douglas Scott. The study reveals that almost half of legal employees would like flexi-time. This could also help to attract and retain more staff.

Douglas Scott surveyed legal staff all over the UK and found that only 19% of employees were on flexi-time arrangements at work. But almost half of respondents (43%) put it on the top of their wish list of benefits.

The survey noted some variation across legal sectors. 73% of public sector employed respondents were on flexi-time, compared to only 16% in general practice, 13.6% in top 100 UK firms and only 11.5% in multi-branch private practice. Job role was also a factor with 20% of qualified candidates enjoying some kind of flexi-time arrangement as opposed to only 7% in legal support.

Women valued flexi-time more than their male counterparts, with 51% of female respondents wanting flexible work arrangements, compared to 30% of men. Mike Emmott, the CIPD’s employee relations adviser, said that most employers already recognise that flexible working is an integral part of the modern workplace.

But Kath Riley, managing director at Douglas Scott, said “that flexi time is not a popular benefit with employers but is with employees, particularly females. Could flexi time catch on and will it be the key to better staff retention?” 

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