Initially, the partnership will be limited to Search’s six Scottish offices but it has the potential to be rolled out further across the UK. The two will work together to show employers how offering flexibility beyond traditional nine to five roles can improve their candidate base.
Search Consultancy’s managing director for Scotland Simone Lockhart said: “We are committed to diversity and inclusion and look forward to opening up a wealth of opportunities for talented jobseekers by letting them take control and find a working pattern that suits their lifestyle. The move will help our client base to reach out to an army of skilled prospective employees.”
Based in Glasgow, Flexiworkforce is currently working alongside the Scottish government’s Fair Work Directorate and coalition Family Friendly Working Scotland to support employers with flexible working and help families in work. The company’s chief executive and founder Tracey Eker will serve as one of Family Friendly Working Scotland’s designated flexible working champions, helping to promote and encourage family friendly hiring policies.
“There are a multitude of advantages to offering an individual a flexible working pattern,” said Eker. “It can be an extremely effective way to attract brilliant staff, and in turn can bring benefits such as decreased attrition rates, and improved motivation and productivity. There are so many skilled individuals out there who need jobs that fit around their lives – we see demand from people of all ages and all walks of life – senior executives, parents, carers, students, over 50s, veterans, sportsmen and women and many more.”
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