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Is flexible working the new route to graduate jobs?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

According to new research, over a half of UK employers will prefer flexible workers in the next two years.

In comparison to last year, 2011’s figures from global workplace provider Regus revealed a 34% increase in employers’ preferences of hiring low-risk and flexible workers, including freelancers, remote staff and also recent graduates.

Research also found that while 61% of international firms plan to recruit more staff in the next two years, only 49% of national firms are thinking about doing so.

Obviously, the option of hiring (or not) staff according to their current need gives companies the chance to reduce risks to the minimum. But, what about employees? Would you take a graduate job which requires flexible working?

Here are some the main advantages and disadvantages of flexible working:


Freedom is obviously the top benefit of flexible working. Since you are not totally committed to an employer you have the chance of choosing when, where and on what you work. This might make your actual and final work more interesting because you had the possibility to choose.

It also allows you to combine different jobs in order to improve your career and professional experience. You can use the spare time that your flexible working leaves you with on working on further personal or professional projects.

If this job combination is suitable enough, it can drive you to earn good money if your different jobs are well paid.


Freedom is a ‘pro’; too much freedom can become the main ‘con’ of flexible working. These kinds of jobs don’t guarantee consistent work and income which can potentially lead to financial struggles in a bad month of work.

Other inconveniences are that you have to be responsible all time to keep you working and that you have to do your own accounting.

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