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Majority of SMEs 'want to introduce flexible working'

Majority of SMEs 'want to introduce flexible working'

Many employers in the UK are seriously considering the possibility of implementing flexible working practices into their internal policies next year.

That is according to a new study conducted by global telecommunications company Orange - which serves more than 175 million customers across the world - which found that of the 2,181 small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) it surveyed across Britain, 74 per cent plan to introduce such measures in 2011.

The research revealed that the main reason behind this is companies' belief that this will improve their efficiency in the aftermath of the global economic downturn, with 52 per cent indicating their intention to complement these measures by spending more on IT in the next 12 months.

Martin Lyne, SME director for Everything Everywhere, commented that it is "encouraging" that an "overwhelming number of companies" want to introduce flexible working.

"It demonstrates a strong desire to drive a more efficient business," he added.

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Posted by Richard Saunders