70% of full-time workers say that they want the option to work flexibly, with 42% saying that they want it “right now”, according to flexible recruitment specialist, Timewise.

The study revealed that this demand is currently not being met, mainly because hiring managers are failing to make it clear whether a role is open to flexible working or not.

Karren Mattison, co-founder of Timewise, said:

“In playing their cards too close to their chest when it comes to flexibility, they miss a key advantage in today’s more candidate-driven market.”

On June 30 all employees will gain the right to request flexible working – currently, this opportunity is reserved for those caring for family members.

Although employers will not be bound to accept the request, they will be legally obligated to consider it “in a reasonable manner.”

One barrier to more flexible working conditions for everyone is that employees are concerned that requesting flextime will harm their career prospects.

A survey by National Childbirth Trust found that 29% of women would be concerned for their job security if they request flexible working, with only 15% saying they would be very secure.

Meanwhile, according to the Timewise study, attitudes to flexibility among employers vary. About 30% said they felt “annoyed” when candidates asked about flexible working options for vacancies advertised as “full-time only”.

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