Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

To help us understand, in part, how much flexible working has become part of our culture, we ran a poll through the latter part of July and all of August this year.

We asked approximately what percentage of your workforce has applied for flexible working within the last 2 years. We received 142 responses. The highest number of respondents fell into the bracket of ‘up to 10%’ of their workforce asking for flexible working, with only 7% in the ‘up to 30%’ bracket.

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Recently posted on Changeboard were the results of a survey by workingmums.co.uk of over 2,000 women, which showed that nearly 20% of mothers have had to leave their role due to a lack of flexibility in the workplace. Some 12% of respondents said their employer did not even seem to consider their requests, with a quarter saying their appeal was turned down as it was not deemed a requirement under flexible working legislation. The survey also showed that for women currently on maternity leave, 35% said they’ve had a flexible working request turned down, with 68% of those women feeling the rejection was unjustified. Only 5% of those women had a successful appeal against their employer’s decision.

Some 41% of women on maternity leave said a refusal of flexible working would leave them unable to return to their job, yet 50% said they had not actually discussed flexible working before going on leave.

It is by no means just working Mums who are looking for flexibility in the workplace; a recent HR Magazine survey on flexible working found it to be the top benefit (81%) that people look for when considering a new role, ranking above other benefits including an enhanced pension scheme (35%), private healthcare insurance (28%) or commission (28%).

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If you could choose your Christmas reward… 9 January 2017

…what would it be? Our poll revealed that the majority would opt for a taxable cash equivalent of a Christmas party/meal.

We ran a festive poll in the lead up to Christmas where we asked if you were given a choice of the following what would you choose:

 Christmas party/meal  Taxable cash equivalent payment  Equivalent donation to charity.

648 people took part in our poll. Only 14% opted for a donation to charity, whereas the majority (56%) went for the taxable cash equivalent – bah humbug or just plain practical? Is the staff Christmas event not as popular as it once was with less than a third (30%) choosing this option? But then some employers aren’t in a position to provide anything.

Latest poll

With the changes to the tax rules for off-payroll working in the public sector coming into force from 6 April 2017, our latest poll asks, how are you planning on processing your IR35 workers?

The poll is situated to the right of this news item, and all of our news items.


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