LOCAL SHOPS OFFER SECURE AND FLEXIBLE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ACS has welcomed a new consultation launched today by the Government on enhancing flexible working rights and making the right to request flexible working, a day one right. 

Convenience stores provide local, secure and flexible employment to 392,000 people across the country, 64% of whom have childcare or family commitments that need to flex around their work.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We know how important it is to our colleagues to balance to work and personal commitments so we welcome more clarity on flexible working requests. The convenience sectors offer genuinely flexible, secure working opportunities that are informed by good communications between retailers and stores colleagues.”

The Government consultation Making Flexible Working the Default proposes the right to request flexible working to become a day one right and simplify the administrative process for managing requests and how employers can suggest alternatives.

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