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Engineers value flexible working over pay

Almost one-third of British civil engineers would take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working conditions, according to new research conducted by the Times newspaper and EPC Global.
The survey also found that although half of the profession do already have flexible working conditions, they are less likely than average to see any real benefits from it.

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.

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