New figures obtained by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) back up claims that flexible working is becoming more and more common in today’s inflation and unemployment ravaged economy.

Flexibility works

The figures, obtained under a freedom of information request, show that only 277 out of 218,100 Employment Tribunal claims in 2010/11 were a result of employers failing to observe flexible working regulations. Out of the 277 that were, 229 were successfully conciliated by ACAS or settled out of Court, and only 10 out of the remaining 48 cases were actually successful.

The government is committed to extending the right for all employees to request flexibility at work, as they realise that this form of employment is the most convenient for many struggling to find any work at all in an economy were all major sectors which typically drive growth are contracting. The CIPD also pointed out that it is not necessarily parents that require flexibility at work, and calls the right to request an example of “light-touch” regulation which tends to support business performance.


Language Insight fully supports flexible arrangements, and many of our staff work flexibly to suit family, study or other work commitments. We also strongly believe that flexible and freelance work, such as freelance translation work, are ways in which the unemployed can find avenues back into employment. Being flexible with staff also shows benefits to employees mental health which is something we actively aim to pursue at Language Insight.

If flexible working or freelance translation work sounds right for you, visit our careers page.