A fifth of British employers offer flexible tele-working options, compared with 40 per cent elsewhere in Europe, according to new research.
The study from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) also found that while 90 per cent of employers in Germany and Sweden offer flexi-time arrangements, less than half of UK firms do so.
According to the report, there are a number of ways in which British firms can implement flexible working practices, with all of the UK's workers potentially being able to benefit from at least one option.
"The reality for the majority of British workers is still presenteeism and long hours. The time has now come for this innovation to spread to across the workforce to reach the UK's 29 million workers," commented Jenny Watson, chair of the EOC.
Earlier this week, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the British Chambers of Commerce found that small businesses could be in a better position to introduce flexible working options than their larger counterparts, due to being better able to do so through people management rather than through forming new policies and contracts.