Almost a quarter of jobseekers in the UK would prioritise flexible working options over salary and career opportunities when applying for a new position, according to new research.

Carried out by totaljobs.com, a survey of 4,000 jobseekers and recruiters found that 24 per cent of respondents admitted the option of flexible working was a top priority when they were looking for a new job, with 53 per cent revealing that they currently have access to flexible working conditions such as the option of remote work.

Of those surveyed, 74 per cent said part-time working was their ideal flexible working option, while 65 per cent considered working from home as crucial to flexibility terms and 48 per cent cited job shares on their list of desirable options.

Commenting on the results of the study, founder of Working Mums Gillian Nissim suggested that employees had the right to demand flexible working options even if their company does not choose to offer them spontaneously.

"While a lot of employers offer flexible working, the number who advertise jobs as being possible to do on a flexible basis is still very small," she said. "This leaves employees to judge when to bring up the issue – whether before, during or after interview – and that will depend on a lot of different factors, including how competitive the applicant pool is."

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