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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff (a) have applied to work flexible hours and (b) work flexible hours (i) in his Department and (ii) in the executive agencies for which his Department is responsible. (164324)

The Department does not centrally monitor the number of staff who have applied to and who work flexibly since flexible working patterns are agreed locally. However in the last annual staff survey 33 per cent. of respondents stated that they worked either formal (with timesheets) or informal flexitime arrangements. In addition, staff work a range of other flexible working patterns including compressed hours and homeworking as well as part-time and job-sharing.

The Department introduced its flexible working policy in 2002, including full guidance for managers and staff to ensure that new ways of working are available to individuals in all directorates and grades and that the benefits to stakeholders, customers, managers and staff are maximised.

Flexible working arrangements within executive agencies are a matter for the individual agency and the chief executives of Companies House and the Insolvency Service will write to the hon. member.