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Conditions of Employment: Parents

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many parents of young children in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York have requested flexible working. (257974)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many parents of young children in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of York have requested flexible working. (257974)

The available information is provided in the attached table.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets. These are based on the number of parents in employment who are working agreed alternative working arrangements. It cannot provide the numbers of parents that have requested such working arrangements.

Parents of young children have been defined as those having at least one child aged 0 to 4 years.

The LFS is a sample survey covering over 53,000 households in the United Kingdom in each three month period. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Number of parents1 with dependent children aged under five in employment2 with agreed flexible work arrangement3, April to June 2008, not seasonally adjusted

Number (Thousand)

England

529

Yorkshire and the Humber

56

City of York

4

1 Parents are defined as people with dependent children who are residents in their household.

2 Excluding those on college-based schemes.

3 Agreed work arrangement includes; flexible working hours, annualised hours contract, term time working, job sharing, nine day fortnight, four and a half day week and zero hours contract.

4 Sample size too small to provide an estimate.

Source:

Labour Force Survey Household dataset.