The Timewise Foundation frequently commissions and contributes to research on flexible working and family policy, with a focus on gender inequality, child poverty and worklessness.

Our aim is to increase understanding of the social and business benefits of a more flexible labour market.

Research findings are shared with policy makers, opinion formers and employers to inform the strategic development of public services and HR, diversity and recruitment practices.


Click on the links below to find out more about our research projects.

How flexible hiring could improve business performance and living standards
This research, funded by JRF, reveals that unlocking a higher volume of quality jobs to flexible or part time hours could tackle underemployment, and also help businesses to attract the best talent. Published January 2016. Read the summary report, or visit JRF to download the full report

The Timewise Flexible Jobs Index – report on the number of job adverts that offer flexible working options
The first of a planned annual index tracking the state of the UK’s ‘flexible hiring’ practice – revealing that only 6% of job ads offer flexible working, while almost half of employees want it. Published June 2015.

Leaning out – report on a mentoring pilot for corporate volunteers who work flexibly 
Evaluation report of a pilot run by the Timewise Foundation, in which businesses ‘volunteered’ the time of staff who, by working flexibly, combine a successful career with raising a family. The volunteers mentored low income parents seeking to re-enter the workplace after having children. Published November 2014.

Jobs not careers – a three year tracking study of mothers looking for work
This three year research project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, aimed to shed light on what works in supporting mothers into successful employment. A key finding was that mothers choose lower paid part time work over their career development, and that job-search-support interventions need to be tailored to their specific family circumstances. Read the summary of findings, or the full research report.

The flexibility trap – a report on how part time work prevents career progression
Research exploring the job mobility of people in part time work. The findings show that part time workers become trapped – unable to gain promotion or to move to a new part time job at a similar or more senior level. Published July 2013.

Part time working: part of the solution to tackling child poverty
An eighteen month pilot initiative, funded by Trust for London, to highlight the link between stimulating the supply of part time work in London and improving families life chances by lifting them out of poverty. Final report published August 2012.

The part time paradox – a report on senior part time working
Research exploring the employment market of part time professionals earning over £40k. The report busts the myth that part time can’t work at senior levels. Published June 2012.

Stimulating the quality part time recruitment market
Research to establish the size of the quality part time recruitment market and understand what might stimulate it further. The research also explored the extent to which a stronger part time recruitment market might help tackle poverty. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Published March 2012.

Mothers’ attitudes to self employment and business start-ups
A qualitative and quantitative study, researching the barriers to enterprise faced by women returners. Supported by Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform and Government Equalities Office. Published in March 2009.


Driving up part time employment in London
Advisory role on report commissioned by the Greater London Authority on behalf of the London Enterprise Panel’s Skills and Employment Working Group. The report provides a refreshed evidence base on part time jobs in the capital. Due to be published in summer 2013.

We can work it out: parental employment in London
Contributed chapter to a report by The Child Poverty Action Group on how to improve parental employment rates in London. Published in November 2012.

London part time working project
Commissioned this research report as chair of sub-group for London Child Poverty Delivery Board. The research explores how best to stimulate SMEs in London to offer more part time jobs through a range of communications activity.


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