What are the best careers if you want to work flexibly?

New survey by Working Families and Talking Talent reveals the most flexible and inflexible industries in the UK.

best careers for flexible working


Marketing, advertising and PR are the most flexible jobs, according to a new set of data gathered by the charity Working Families and professional coaching organisation Talking Talent.

The Working Families Index is a report based on a poll of almost 3000 parents and carers, measuring all aspects of flexible working and work-life policies and practice, targeting specifically how they support people with caring responsibilities.

Lucinda Quigley, Head of Working Parents at Talking Talent, said, “For many working parents flexibility isn’t just a nice to have, it’s a crucial part of being able to have both the home life and career they want for themselves. This includes having quality time with their family, manage increasing childcare costs and having a fulfilling professional experience.”

The full report is out on 17 May, but it shows 70% of parents work flexibly to some degree, with the self-employed, workers under 35 and higher earners most likely to do it.

The least flexible career is unsurprisingly healthcare, followed by retail and teacher training/education.

Meanwhile, other good industries for flexible working are non-profits and business consulting.

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive at Working Families, said, “There has been a huge shift in the way we work. The pandemic has shown that the flexibility can be unlocked in many more jobs than were ever considered before. Parents and carers overwhelmingly want their workplaces to retain flexible working, and our research shows that many have taken action to permanently change their working patterns to help them balance work, life and care.”

She continued, “It’s important to remember that flexible working should not just be the preserve of those who work at a desk—and that working from home is just one of many types of flexible working. As our research demonstrates, embedding flexible working is more challenging in sectors where physical presence is a requirement. But having seen our employer members in these sectors create innovative policies and practices to support their people, we know it is far from impossible.”

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