Flexible working

What is flexible working?

Many people, especially those with children or caring responsibilities, would benefit from flexible working patterns. All employees now have the right to request flexible working, which every employer has to consider and not unreasonably refuse.

Your UNISON reps can help you make applications and support you throughout the process.

Some examples include:

  • Part time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week
  • Flexi time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)
  • Annualised hours: your hours are worked out over a year (often set shifts with you deciding when to work the other hours)
  • Compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days
  • Staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace
  • Job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else
  • Working from home
  • Working term time only

Remember, this list is not exhaustive and there may be other forms of flexible working that are better suited to you and or the University.

Is my pay affected?

If you continue to do the same hours your pay stays the same, if you reduce your hours then your pay is reduced.

Does my manager have to agree my flexible working application?

You need your manager to approve your flexible working application to be able to change your hours. They do not have to approve it, but as they have a statutory duty to consider it, they shouldn’t unreasonably refuse it and have to provide a good reason why flexible working isn’t possible for you.

How long does it take?

Your manager has to either agree to the request or have the first meeting with you within 28 days and give you a decision within 14 days of the meeting.

How do I apply?

Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded or ask your rep or phone us for a form.

UNISON officers and stewards are also here to help you with applying and putting your case forward to your manager.