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Flexible working 'set to increase in popularity'

Flexible working 'set to increase in popularity'

A growing number of companies across the UK are implementing flexible working initiatives in the current economic climates, new research has indicated.

According to the latest JobsOutlook employers' survey conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), many firms are increasing their long-term demand for flexible staffing arrangements at the moment.

For instance, 83 per cent of all respondents stated it is their intention to either maintain or grow the number of temporary professionals they take on over the next 12 months.

The REC attributes this figure primarily to the fact that managers remain concerned about the ongoing effects of the recession so are therefore reluctant to commit to making many full-time appointments.

Roger Tweedy - director of research at the body, which has around 3,600 corporate members - observed: "This is a timely reminder of how a flexible workforce to help employers meet peaks and troughs in demand for services and products during uncertain times."

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Posted by Trusha Vyas