Armed Forces to introduce flexible working in a bid to keep talent

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The Armed Forces is to introduce flexible working, in a bid to keep talented service men and women.

The changes will deliver a career, which is as flexible as possible by allowing service personnel to work part time for short periods, as long as the operational effectiveness of the military is maintained.

The Armed Forces will also limit the amount of time that personnel will need to spend away from their home-base and their families.

Due to come into force in 2019, the measures are part of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill and will adapt service life to meet modern needs and aspirations.

The Bill will amend parts of the Armed Forces Act 2006, and the new arrangements were developed after a consultation with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Service personnel voiced that they wanted more choice over the way they serve for when their circumstances changes; such as starting a family, or undertaking caring commitments.

It is hoped that these changes will lead to a more balanced lifestyle with opportunities for personnel to be able to serve in a way that better suits their aspirations and personal circumstances.

Applications for part time working will be assessed against the needs of the individual and the need of the Armed Forces to maintain operational effectiveness. Personnel would still be required to deploy on operations, at any time, should they be needed.

Speaking about the introduction of flexible working, Sir Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary said, “To compete for the best people in society our Armed Forces must offer a career that better reflects the realities of modern life.”

“Allowing greater flexibility over how long and where people work will help attract and keep the talent we need to keep Britain safe.”

Alison Simpson
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