Employer commitment to flexible work still too low

Katie Barillaro
By: Katie Barillaro
Category: Flexibility

How do you think your organisation is tracking in terms of providing flexible working options?

Recently, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released their annual report into gender equality in Australian workplaces and the results, however encouraging, were disappointing in terms of growth in the area of flexible work options since 2014. This is just a snapshot of some of the results:


The percentage of employer commitment to flexible work+13.2% to 70.7%
Organisations with a flexible working arrangement strategy
+13.1% to 26.7%
Organisations with a flexible working arrangement policy
+9% to 56.7%


Since 2014, organisations that have a formal policy, have the following in place:

Flexible hours of work+4.9% to 62.5%
Compressed working week+4.4% to 30.8%
Carer’s leave-0.6% to 92.1%
Job sharing+3% to 44.5%
Part-time work+3% to 84.1%
Telecommuting+4.6% to 33%

As you can see the numbers are growing but not nearly as quickly as we’d like. It’s imperative that more organisations formalise flexible working policies and strategies in order for them to offer more attractive roles to talented women seeking flexible employment.

Further to that, if an organisation has a flexible working strategy, this should be clearly promoted throughout the business – Chart 7 below shows that only 76.4% of organisations with a flexibility strategy actually promote it. Leaders need to be visible role models to enable those that would like to ask for flexible working arrangements not to be worried about asking.

(Source: WGEA Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard 2018)

Working flexibly doesn’t just mean working from home, these are just some ways in which employers can offer flexible working options:

  • Staggered start and finish times so employees can start early/late and finish early-late depending on their needs
  • Remote work
  • Part-time hours
  • Job sharing
  • School holiday leave
  • Compressed or extended hours so work can be completed within a timeframe but not necessarily 9-5.

If you would like to talk further with us about how you can provide flexible working options in your organisation, please contact us today.


Katie Barillaro
About Katie Barillaro
Katie joined JustMums in July 2018 as our Marketing Consultant and brings more than 20 years traditional and digital marketing experience to the team. Katie has previously worked for large recruitment brands and is a busy working mother balancing career and family.

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