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Welcome to Flexibase, the UK’s first database that allows candidates to find an organisation's approach to flexible working.

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Flexibase utilises a unique flexible working framework of four key components: working patterns, workload, workplace and life events.
We have researched what flexibility means to both employers and employees, and have broken this out into four sub-groups, each one encapsulating different forms of flexibility. Our framework, developed in collaboration with Flex Appeal provides organisations with an industry standard.
We’ve used a unique flexible methodology to give individuals the vital information they need when searching for a new role and organisation. The Flexibase core principles are divided into four key sub-groups: Working Patterns, Workload, Workplace and Life Event.

We want every individual and every business to embrace flexibility. Whether a business offers two of the below approaches, or every single one, our goal is for businesses to be open and transparent, and not shy away from what they offer, as every business and individual is different.
We’ve used a unique flexible methodology to give individuals the vital information they need when searching for a new role and organisation. The Flexibase core principles are divided into four key sub-groups: Working Patterns, Workload, Workplace and Life Event.

We want every individual and every business to embrace flexibility. Whether a business offers two of the below approaches, or every single one, our goal is for businesses to be open and transparent, and not shy away from what they offer, as every business and individual is different.
Our four different sub-groups refer to different aspects of an employees working life - these generally differ for every individual:

01. Working Patterns: these refer to how your contractual hours are split across the days of your working week. For example, patterns include part-time, term-time, annualised hours, flexi-time & more.
02. Workload: the amount of work assigned to or expected from a worker in a specified time period. For example an organisation may offer reduced hours or commissioned outcomes.
03. Workplace: the location where someone works for their employer. There are three core flexible workplace options: hybrid working (office / home), remote or mobile working and work from home.
04. Life Event: this usually refers to a significant event in an individual's life, which can include events such as shared parental leave and career breaks / sabbaticals.

To ensure candidates understand the type of flexible working options organisations offer, we have provided a set of Flexibase definitions. While some businesses may offer additional flexible working options that sit beyond our framework, Flexibase utilises the most frequently requested by candidates.
FLEXIBASE WORKING PATTERNS DEFINITONS
Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Term-time: These are contract based agreements that are used to accommodate an individuals childcare responsibilities during school holidays, as well as for staff who work in the education sector.
Annualised Hours: This is an employment contract where the employee's working hours are calculated on an hourly basis, rather than daily or weekly. Those hours are at times stipulated by the employer during the year.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Core Hours / Staggered Hours: Core hours refer to specific times an organisation requires an employee to work, for example 10am to 4pm. Staggered hours are when an employee has different start and finish times from other workers.
Mutually Agreed / Predictable Hours: These refer to a pre-agreed number of hours between a business and employee. These may flex up and down slightly, however they generally remain the same month on month.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Self Rostering / Shift Swapping: This allows employees to input on their own working hours or swap shifts with other employees, while meeting their contractual agreement.
Time-off in lieu: This refers to when an employer gives an employee time off instead of paying for overtime. The employee agrees to the terms (for example, when it can be taken) with the employer.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
FLEXIBASE WORKLOAD DEFINITONS
Reduced Hours: This is a provision given by an organisation to an employee to work for a lesser number of hours as compared to the mandatory working hours set for all employees.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Zero Hour Contracts: A type of employment contract between an employer and an employee whereby the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum number of working hours to the employee.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Commissioned Outcomes: This is where an organisation puts an agreement in place, whereby a service is defined and the employee is paid based on a set of agreed outcomes.
4 Day Week: This is where an employee has a 4 day working week, while maintaining the same pay and benefits as a Monday to Friday role.
FLEXIBASE WORKPLACE DEFINITONS
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
FLEXIBASE LIFE EVENT DEFINITONS
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.
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