Back to school for children across the UK marks return to same old work patterns for parents

As children across the UK have headed back to school this week, Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ People HR urges more employers to offer flexible working to support working parents and prevent them from quitting. This comes amid a chronic worker shortage with the latest figures from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) showing 1.85 million active job postings in the last week of July, with figures having slowly but steadily risen since mid-June.

Adrian says, “Flexible working is something working parents value as it can help them manage childcare responsibilities and the school run. Having more flexibility in their role, especially over start and end times enables them to better organise their working day around these commitments which can ease the stress that parents can feel.”

Emma Summers CEO & Founder of Juice Recruitment says “Businesses that embrace flexible working will really stand out as employers of choice to potential employees, as well as boosting the wellbeing, morale and productivity of existing staff. Retention is key given the current climate and with the pandemic teaching us so much, we are all now more well equipped to offer flexible working solutions.” 

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