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Introducing Flexible Work

The range of flexible working options

The articles in this section of our journal are divided into 6 topic areas:

  • Flexible work in general - wide-ranging articles, or cutting across more than one of the other topics
  • Flexible location  - home working, mobile working, 'teleworking' etc
  • Flexible technologies - technologies to help you work flexibly - explained simply but accurately, we hope!
  • Time flexibility - flexi-time, part-time working etc
  • Flexible contract - agency workers, etc
  • Flexible offices - what happens to the office when flexible working is introduced, innovation in workplace design, etc

You can access these sections from the menu on the left of the page. Each section has an introductory page and a list of articles.

What is meant by Flexible Work?

Flexibility and Flexible Work are terms used to describe a wide range of work styles and employment practices. Broadly speaking, they are used to describe all kinds of employment which differ from the traditional 9-5 full time job with a permanent contract.

The "flexible" aspect of these type of jobs can in different instances relate more to the employees, or to the employer, or to both. That is, from the employees point of view, flexible work may allow more freedom to organise their employment to fit in with other parts of their life. For an employer, the flexibility may come with the ability to organise labour resources more in line with the varying needs of customers, or with peaks and troughs of demand.

In this section

In this section we explore the various kinds of Flexible Work - as outlined in the table below.

We examine also:

  • the trends in the uptake of flexible work
  • the impact on the workplace
  • the technologies used
  • how to plan for flexible work.

Use the links in the navigation bar on the left to find articles in each of the Flexible Work categories.


Types of Flexible Work

Flexible Location 

Flexible location includes:

  • working on the move
  • working from home
  • working from telecentres/satellite offices

Variously described as location independent working, teleworking, telecommuting, home working, remote working, anywhere/anytime working. and many more

Flexible Time

The most commonly found forms of non-standard or flexible hours arrangements are:

  • flexible hours or "flexitime" schemes
  • part-time working
  • jobshare
  • compressed working weeks
  • annualised hours
  • zero hours
Flexible contract  

Contractual arrangements can include any of the above, but in particular usually refers to the following kind of arrangements:

  • outsourcing
  • use of agency workers
  • temporary/fixed term contracts
  • casual labour



October 2011


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