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Departmental Working Hours

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of staff of his Department and its non-departmental public bodies work flexibly or part-time; and what his Department's policy is on making jobs available on a job-share or flexible basis. (301338)

Information on the numbers working part-time is published regularly in the civil service statistics:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=2899&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=422

The Department offers a range of flexible work arrangements to employees including compressed hours, flexitime, home working, job sharing, partial retirement, part-time working and part-year working. Employees make applications to their line managers who take decisions based on business requirements.

The civil service operates a job share website which can be found at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/jobshare/for-you/what-is-a-job-share.aspx

The Department's non-departmental public bodies are responsible for their own employee working arrangements and the information is not held centrally.