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Female graduates set to benefit from flexible working
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Life after graduation
Female graduates looking to work for small businesses are particularly likely to benefit from the increase in flexible working practices, according to a workplace expert.
Flexible working allows women looking to start or care for a family to remain in work while also looking after their new family, claimed Lynette Swift, managing director of Swiftwork.
And she also highlighted the benefits offered by flexible working with regards employees being more able to look after elderly relatives.
"Many women would not be able to return to work after maternity or to remain in work if they were not offered flexibility," Ms Swift said.
"Their requirements can change over time, for example as children grow older and go off to school or if an elderly parent needs increasing care," she added.
Increasing numbers of workers, including graduates, are looking to take advantage of flexible working practices, with government figures indicating that 13 per cent of employees have requested the right to work flexibly since the option was introduced in 2002.