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Departmental Flexible Working

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what flexi-time arrangements were available to staff of his Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years; and how many staff participated in such arrangements in each such year. (290538)

The information is available within the Department's annual reports on the DCSF website

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/

The Department offer a range of flexible work arrangements to all employees including compressed hours, flexitime, home working, job sharing, partial retirement, part-time working and part-year working. Employees from Grade 6 to Executive Assistant can work flexitime and employees at Grades 6 and 7 were added to these arrangements from 8 September 2008, however, these arrangements are not available to members of the Senior Civil Service. All employees can agree with their line managers to work from home occasionally and 64 per cent. have broadband access to the Department's systems through authorised encryption.

Records of hours worked are held locally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.