The survey questioned 1,591 British civil engineers – 96% male, 4% female, with 75% aged between 36 and 60.
Under British law, any worker who has been employed for six months or more is entitled to work flexibly if they have a child under the age of six or a disabled child under the age of 18. In April, the government made flexible working a statutory right to promote it.
The survey showed that civil engineers were more likely than average to ask for flexible working conditions, and also a lot more likely to have success when they asked – with only 8% having flexible work requests denied, compared to the UK average of 21%.
But, the survey found that British civil engineers were negative about their experiences with 16% saying they couldn't see any benefit of colleagues working flexibly. The global average was only 7%.
And while the government maintains that it is keen to encourage flexible working, the message is not reaching civil engineers – only 18% thought the government encourages flexible working, with 32% not seeing any such evidence. The remainder did not know.