Types of flexible working
There are different ways of working flexibly.
Two people do one job and split the hours.
Working from home
It might be possible to do some or all of the work from home or anywhere else other than the normal place of work.
Working less than full-time hours (usually by working fewer days).
Working full-time hours but over fewer days.
The employee chooses when to start and end work (within agreed limits) but works certain ‘core hours’, for example 10am to 4pm every day.
The employee has to work a certain number of hours over the year but they have some flexibility about when they work. There are sometimes ‘core hours’ which the employee regularly works each week, and they work the rest of their hours flexibly or when there’s extra demand at work.
The employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers.
Default retirement age has been phased out and older workers can choose when they want to retire. This means they can reduce their hours and work part time.