Flexible working key for 80% of tech employees

Offering flexible working will be key for tech leaders who want to hire the best talent. Nearly 80% say working when and wherever you want plays a big part in deciding their next employer

Flexible working is considered as key for nearly 80 per cent of tech workers when considering who their next employer will be.

Sixty-seven per cent of tech workers will settle for a hybrid work model, allowing them to benefit from an office part-time while working remotely.

Flexible working means being allowed to work when and where you want, while hybrid working means fixed hours either at home or in the office.

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The implication is that those companies offering the most flexible working hours will get the cream of job applicants.

Sixty-five per cent agree that the impact of the past three years has had a positive impact on their company culture, primarily due to an increase in wellbeing and productivity. Their managers, however, disagree.

The more senior you are, the more you want to go into the office: 80 per cent of tech leaders choose to come in anything between two to four days a week.

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When they do go into the office, most tech workers see social interaction being the primary reason to doing so, with the majority of tech staff going into the office midweek – now jocularly known as “TWiTs” (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, including Thursdays).

Three quarters of tech workers already have hybrid working, with companies based in London most likely to offer hybrid arrangements. The larger the tech company, the less likely you are to be in the office.

Forty per cent of tech workers want just one or two days in the office. Sixty per cent of tech workers see the values of coming into the office each week, although engineers want to work from home more than those in non-engineering roles.

However, tech workers agreed that post-pandemic flexible/hybrid working has had a negative impact on team cohesion, rapport with colleagues and communication.

And 28 per cent of tech businesses in Britain now work out of flexible workspaces.

Flexible tech officer provider Techspace carried out the research, which included a YouGov survey of 1,000 tech employees.

Jonathan Bevan, CEO of Techspace, said: “In just three short years, the world of work has undergone remarkable change. Driven by the pandemic and the war for talent there has been a big shift towards flexible work.

“One of the most interesting learnings is the continued tension between what individuals believe is best for them, and what managers and leaders believe is best for their company. We may see further shifts in work behaviour as the skills shortage abates.”

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Tim Adler

Tim Adler is group editor of Small Business, Growth Business and Information Age. He is a former commissioning editor at the Daily Telegraph, who has written for the Financial Times, The Times and the...