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Over-55s 'most likely to embrace flexible working'

Over-55s 'most likely to embrace flexible working'

Flexible working is a professional practice more widely embraced by older employees, a new study has revealed.

Research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) today (May 18th) to coincide with National Work From Home Day found that carrying out duties remotely has become a more common way of operating over the last decade.

For instance, around three million people regularly worked from home in 2001, but this figure has now gone up by more than 25 per cent to approximately 3.8 million.

And the TUC's survey has established that individuals over the age of 55 are driving this trend, as employees in this age group are more than twice as likely to work from home on a regular basis than their under-35 colleagues.

Brendan Barber - general secretary of the TUC, a body with more than 6.2 million members - commented: "The Olympics are an ideal opportunity for more employers to try out innovative flexible working practices such as flexi-time and home working."

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Posted by Trusha Vyas