Date last updated: 19 October 2017
What is flexible working?
Flexible working can include reducing your hours, changing the times you start and finish work, job sharing and working from home.
Can I apply for flexible working?
To ask for flexible working, you must have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks in a row. Some organisations allow applications earlier than this – so check with your employer.
How do I apply?
Visit the Working Families website for lots of guidance about how to request flexible working.
When do I get a decision?
It can take up to 3 months to get a decision from your employer – so apply in plenty of time.
How will my finances be affected?
If you’re changing your hours, you can find out how your money might be affected with our online tool, changing your hours, job, or pay.
Just because you are a lone parent, you are not isolated, you are not alone and you are not the only person in that situation. You could … find that your manager is in the same situation as you. Ask. Just go for it. I've got all this now because I asked for flexible working.