Earlier this year we launched #100waystoworkflexibly which details a range of different steps businesses can take to support both men and women at work including flexitime, job shares, remote working and annualised hours
"Associates on annualised hours
contracts have their hours expressed as a total number of hours to be worked during the course of the year.
Customer advisors work annualised hours
on a flexible rota covering shifts between 8.45am - 19.15pm, including weekends.
contracts have seen growth over the period - in 2012, just 2.9% of workers in the region had this type of contract, it was 9.7% in 2017.
"That has enabled us to develop a roster system that will convert 130 part-time roles into full-time positions, provide more certainty to colleagues by reducing the percentage of the workforce on annualised hours
from 25 per cent to 12pc and increase the number of shift patterns that give people three consecutive days off.
"To manage the fluctuation of our customer demand, we have previously proposed the introduction of annualised hours
but this was rejected, and the current method was the preferred option.
Other elements of the offer include a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, introduction of annualised hours
contracts or introduction of zero hours contracts for existing staff until at least April 1 2017.
Bosses also wants to bring in annualised hours
for staff presently receiving payments for unsocial hours and shift working.
In addition, managers have more control over hours worked and are able to monitor and record annualised hours
, better manage absenteeism and electronically authorise holidays.
A Kirklees Council, spokesman said: "Whilst the council will be sympathetic to any request, we would look for employees to use the methods available to them, for example through annual leave, flexi-time, annualised hours
or extended unpaid leave.
Time banking and annualised hours
are also part of the current policy agenda (in Finland, Germany and Luxembourg).
We offer them annualised hours
which means more hours in the summer and fewer in the winter."