Major employers back Hire Me My Way campaign
Emma Stewart, Joint CEO of Timewise, explains how employers are opening up to flexibility at the point of hire
A lack of flexible jobs means people are being ‘locked out’ of the chance to progress their careers and salaries, not to mention utilising their skills. Over half of employees work flexibly in some way, and yet less than 1 in 10 quality job vacancies are open to part time or flexible working. As a result, there’s so much competition for such a small number of jobs that people are frequently forced to take lower paid roles to get the flexibility they need, or abandon their careers altogether.
The Hire Me My Way campaign aims to end this mismatch of supply and demand, by helping employers to be open to a conversation about flexible working at the point of hire. Our goal is to unlock one million part-time and flexible jobs, therefore giving more choice to people who need flexibility in their lives. But we can’t achieve this without the support of employers who we are calling on to respond to demand by openly advertising flexible working options in their job ads.
The great news is that we are not alone in our thinking. Some of the UK’s leading forward thinking businesses have already joined the Hire Me My Way campaign, to play their part in growing the part time and flexible jobs market. They are doing this to build a fairer job market for people who need flexibility and to ensure that they get access to the widest most diverse pool of talent, both now and in the future. The Hire Me My Way campaign is backed by 19 of the UK’s leading private and public sector employers including: EY, Dixons Carphone, Kellogg’s, Pets at Home, innocent, Warwickshire County Council and more.
We’ve been working with employers for many years to help them see the benefits of part-time and flexible working, and although the market has improved, there is still a way to go. We hope to have more businesses join us soon and we’re proud to be leading the way with this.
Alongside our employers, the campaign is also backed by 18 leading organisations representing British business and recruitment. The Confederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and The Equality and Human Rights Commission are among our list of high-profile supporters.
Employers interested in joining the Hire Me My Way campaign can find out more here