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Men are granted "twice as much flexibility" in the workplace than women

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Men are granted “twice as much flexibility” in the workplace than women, a new study has revealed.

The study, conducted by conference call service provider, Powwownow, found that men are given six hours to work flexibly per week, compared to a woman’s three.

While less than half of women (47 per cent) are offered the opportunity to work flexibly by their employer in an average week, two-thirds of men (66 per cent) are familiar with the prospect.

The study also found that men were more likely to be rewarded for working additional hours –  more than half (55 per cent) of men are paid for working overtime, compared to just a third (33 per cent) of women.

Jason Downes, managing director of Powwownow, said: “It’s quite astonishing that men are granted twice as much flexibility in the workplace than women, especially as the flexible working law allowing employers to request flexible hours came into force over two years ago.

“From the research, it is clear that attitudes towards men and women in the workplace, as well as general approaches to flexible working, still leave a lot of room for improvement; employers need to take urgent action to address this imbalance.”