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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours a week. (233821)

In the Department any member of staff can request a change to their working pattern and line managers consider requests in line with the Department's policy and guidance.

Staff below the senior civil service (96 per cent.) can work to a flexi-time agreement and local records are kept of hours worked.

15 per cent. of all staff work part-time but information is not held centrally on how many job share and information could be obtained at disproportionate cost.

There are currently five employees who have a formal home-working contract and work more than four hours a week from home. Over 60 per cent. of employees do have broadband access to the Department's systems through authorised encryption and agree home working arrangements with their line managers. Records of the hours worked each week are held locally and could be aggregated only at disproportionate cost.