Top 10 Flexible Working Arrangements

Top 10 Flexible Working Arrangements

The Flexible Working movement is definitely on the rise and it’s about time too.

For some, flexible working is nothing more than starting work earlier or later but for others, it’s the integral piece that allows them to manage their home and work lives.

As an employer, it’s key to recognise that flexible working isn’t a “one size fits all” policy.

If you’re thinking about offering flexible working, then you need to appreciate the different types of arrangements that can be offered to employees.  All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers so it’s well worth understanding the rules.  The Government’s website on flexible work is a great resource and a good place to start.

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The Top 10 Different Types of Flexible Working Arrangements

Below is a list of the top 10 flexible working arrangements, with a brief explanation as to what they are and the benefits they bring to the employee and employer.



1 – Flexitime

An employee chooses when to complete their working hours around agreed ‘core’ times

2 – Part-time

Employees who work less than full-time hours

3 – Term-time

An arrangement where the employee is employed full-time but can take paid/unpaid leave during school holidays.

4 – Job-sharing

An approach that allows usually two employees to share the same job.

5 – Working from home

An employee spends the majority of their working week at home.

6 – Mobile working

An employee works in a remote location, which is different from the employer’s main workplace, such as a local co-working space.

7 – Compressed working hours

This type of agreement doesn’t usually result in a reduction in the number of hours an employee is contracted for but usually in the number of days in which the hours are to be completed.  Such as a 35 hour per week contract is to be completed over 4, rather than 5 days.

8 – Staggered hours

Allows employees to start and finish their day at different times.

9 – Annualised hours

A total number of hours is fixed at the beginning of the year but based on the demand of the business, the hours worked will vary from month to month.

10 – Self-rostering

Employees put forward the times they want to work and shift patterns are drawn up accordingly.




At Catapillr, we are keen to promote support in the workplace for all working parents.

There is a common misconception that new parents become less engaged with their careers.  This isn’t true and new or existing parents should not be made to feel any different from their colleagues, just because they have a child or children at home.  In the UK, over 80% of families with children have at least one parent that is employed.  Being a parent is a big responsibility but that responsibility doesn’t mean parents are less committed at work.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that by supporting working parents, they feel more engaged, which leads to an increase in productivity.  The knock-on effect of an increase in engagement for the employer, is a decrease in staff turnover, resulting in lower recruitment costs, this can also build into a platform from which they can attract new employees into their company.  It’s a Win-Win for everyone!

Flexible working is one element in helping to support working parents. At Catapillr, we have taken this further and believe in the ParentFlex concept, which is a way to help parents work flexibly, whilst providing a way for them to better manage and afford their childcare costs.

Supporting Parents in the Workplace

The childcare voucher scheme closed in October 2018 and with it the main way in which employers were able to support working parents with their childcare costs.  However, they are still a number of ways in which employers can provide support such as:

  • Develop an inclusive work culture for working parents
  • Support shared parental leave
  • Help new parents when returning to work
  • Offer flexible working arrangements

It’s clear that any company that has a strategy to support working parents, is giving themselves the best chance of future success


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