This is an overview of some of the more common types of flexible working. Most of these can be combined e.g. a person working part time may also vary the hours they work on any given day or work some days remotely.


Options that allow employees to vary their work hours or days either on a regular basis or from time to time

  • Flexible start and finish times i.e. variable start and/or finish times are worked on a regular or as-needs basis
  • Swapping workdays or hours with non-work hours or days
  • Part-time hours
  • Compressed week or fortnight e. f/t employees work longer days over a 4-day week or 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible shifts – full time or part time
  • Fixed shifts –full time or part time
  • Combination of fixed shifts and flexible shifts - full time or part time


Options that allow employees to vary their leave patterns to create more flexibility

  • Leave without pay
  • Trading leave for salary
  • Term-time working e. working during school terms and taking leave during holidays
  • Other types of leave e.g. study leave, special leave


Options that allow employees to work from locations other than their designated workplace

  • Remote working e.g. working from another office or from home, regularly or from time-to-time
  • Remote working – part time
  • Remote working – full time


Options that allow employees to manage their roles and careers more flexibly

  • Phased return to work i.e. employees gradually increase their hours on returning from long-term leave
  • Phased retirement i.e. employees gradually reduce their hours as they approach retirement
  • Seasonal working i.e. to cover busy periods
  • Job sharing i.e. splitting a role with another employee
  • Taking career breaks