A JOBS portal focusing on flexible working is to launch fully this month, claiming to be the only site in Scotland of its kind and aiming to have 2,000 jobs on its books by the end of this year.
Flexiworkforce was set up by Scottish-based entrepreneur Tracey Eker, who identified a gap in the market after she became frustrated when trying to find quality work that fitted around her childcare and other commitments.
The Glasgow-based service is already working with the likes of Santander, RBS and PwC, and is in talks with several others. It has also been working with the Scottish Government and held an event with Roseanna Cunningham, MSP, last month on the future of flexible working.
Eker flagged varying circumstances where someone might be looking for flexible employment, such as a person of retirement age looking to still work a few days a month, the “sandwich generation” needing to look after young children and elderly relatives, and professional athletes who need work that suits their training schedule.
In a recent survey, 60 per cent of respondents cited flexible working as one of the most important employee benefits, and as of June 2014 UK employees gained the right to request flexible working.
Eker also pointed out the benefits of flexibility to employers, who can specify in an advert that they are open to it if it suits the business, and by doing so can access a wider pool of talent. “You’ll end up with the people that you want for the money you can afford,” she said.
She is eyeing a push into Europe within two years, and the US and her native Australia within three to five years. “It’s needed everywhere,” Eker added.