UK professionals are increasingly keen to work flexibly and customise their own working day, it has been suggested.

Dr Ken Beaumont, principal consultant and manager at Workforce Logistics, argued that flexible working should be a right for all employees.

He noted that it can lead to improved morale, and therefore greater productivity for employers.

Dr Beaumont added that allowing employees to shape their own shift patterns can improve individuals’ work/life balance, and reduce stress levels within the UK workforce.

“Good employers will permit flexible working where it is possible [if] it doesn’t affect the business,” he said.

Professionals who want complete flexibility, and to take genuine control of their own careers, may wish to consider life in self-employment as a contractor.

There are currently around 1.4 million freelance workers operating in the UK as their own boss, and due to their status as temporary employees, tax breaks are available for choosing this business model.

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