UK firms without flexible working will struggle to hire in next five years

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2023-06-10 15:00:26  • 4 mins

Companies that do not adopt flexible working will struggle to hire in the next five years, according to an entrepreneur who is hoping to be a Tory mayoral candidate.

Natalie Campbell, co-chief executive of Belu Water, is due to speak at a cross-party event hosted by the 4 Day Week Campaign on Tuesday when it will publish its mini-manifesto.

She said: I think the world has changed post-pandemic. People absolutely recognise that being visible, being seen at a desk, literally at the desk in front of a screen, does not deliver or make for a fully productive workforce.

Under a four-day working week employees would have their working hours cut by 20%, bringing them down to about 28 hours a week, with no reduction in pay.

The 4 Day Week Campaign and a number of thinktanks are calling in advance of the election for parties to back policies that would help deliver flexible working patterns for employees.

These include reducing the maximum working week, changing official flexible working guidance, establishing a fund to support companies, launching a public sector pilot, and establishing a working time council.

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