Human behaviour drives the actions of consumers, workers and businesses, and in doing so, drives the performance of the wider economy. We want to improve access to high quality work; increase business productivity and growth; and improve macroeconomic policy to the benefit of citizens and businesses across the economy.
Who is more likely to apply for flexible jobs - men or women?
Women are twice as likely to work flexibly compared to men - with women with children being the most likely to make use of flexible work arrangements. Consequently, many assumptions are made about part-time and flexible roles. Part-time positions in particular have become conflated with an unhelpful and inaccurate stereotype of mothers opting to take time to be with their family over advancing their career. This International Women’s Day, it’s time to dismantle these associations - we can now share results that show they have little foundation in data.
BIT’s biggest trial so far encourages more flexible jobs and applications
We wanted to see if we could encourage employers to advertise more jobs with flexible working options. 20 million job applications passed through this RCT - making it one of the biggest experimental social policy trials ever published.