Having control over the flexibility of working hours is more beneficial for men than for women, according to a study published in the European Sociological Review.

Conducted by scientists at the Hans-Böckler Foundation, Düsseldorf and the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, the study revealed that only men benefit from higher income as a direct result of the longer hours worked by flexible workers.

According to the report, one possible explanation for this discrepancy is that men who have control over both their time and place of work are seen as more dedicated workers, whereas women in the equivalent position are seen to be using flexible working to balance demands between work and their personal life.

Commenting on the study, co-author Heejung Chung said: "Full-time working women do as many overtime hours as men when working flexibly, even when they are mothers. And yet we found they did not reap the same rewards in terms of pay as men."

As a result of the study, the researchers highlighted concerns that such views could mean the increase of flexible working around the world may result in a return to more traditional gender roles if more isn't done to suppress this attitude among employers.

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