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Public sector moves towards flexible working

24 September 2013

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Flexible working could become more prevalent in the public sector by 2016, a survey of more than 2,500 public sector workers shows. 

More than half of the respondents believe there will be fewer office buildings, more desk sharing and a higher percentage of nomadic workers in three years’ time.

The survey, carried out by Guardian Professional in association with Vodafone, found less than a quarter of respondents believe increased flexible working would negatively affect team dynamics. 

In fact, one manager said: “My staff satisfaction has increased with flexible working and productivity is higher.” 

Most respondents worked in the NHS, local government, social care services or housing associations. 

Many (71%) believe that offering flexible working is important for retaining key staff, while over half (58%) said it could help attract better candidates for vacancies.