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Government 'should reconsider change to flexible working'

23 October 2012

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has warned that changing the flexible working standards in the public sector could have a detrimental effect on productivity.

This follows a leaked Cabinet Office letter suggesting that civil service Human Resources directors should consider a reduction in flexible work options.

According to the REC, this could be a mistake - a recent report showed that flexibility in working options is being adopted by an increasing number of private sector firms, indicating the efficacy of the model.

"The companies offering flexible conditions to their workforce are doing so because there are clear benefits not only for the individual workers, but also for the firm’s bottom line," said REC head of public policy Gillian Econopouly.

She added that there continue to be many misconceptions about flexible working within the government.

The REC recently claimed that the employment model has been driving an improvement in the number of people in work.

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