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Departmental Conditions of Employment

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to its managers on the right of employees of the Department to request flexible working; and what estimate his Department has made of the extent to which its staff in offices across the country have taken up this right. (244339)

Departmental guidance supports managers by covering both the legislative requirement and the Department’s application of its legislative requirement for employees to change the hours they work, the times they are required to be at work and also the ability to work from home.

At the end of October 2008, 35 per cent. (39,440) of employees in DWP were on part-time flexible working contracts. In addition there are employees who job share or work from home, either contractually or on an ad hoc basis.