Annualised hours

Working a certain number of hours over the year but having some flexibility about when you work. For this pattern, there are sometimes ‘core hours’, but the rest of the hours are worked flexibly or when there’s extra demand at work. Please see below for examples of this working pattern in action.

Maddi Riddell

Maddi Riddell

Associate Lead

Employer: ?What If! Innovation
Sector: Professional Services

Flexitime Annualised hours Part time

“I have had various flexible working deals with ?What If! ranging from freelancer, 3 days a week, 3 days a week with school holidays off, full time and now as an Associate.

My Associate Deal is a commitment (on both sides) to 80 days per year. Phasing the days is agreed mutually, but usually involves working pretty much full time on a project for 6-8 weeks and then having intervals of down time.

It suits me because it means I can have a better work:life balance. I had got to the stage where I was finding full time work quite draining on my energy and forcing all the other things I am curious about and interested in to the periphery.

So far, it is working really well. I love doing my ?What If! work – the challenges, working with a team of smart, curious young people and I love that I can invest time in friends, family, culture, travel, passion projects in a way which keeps me fresh and energised. And because I know ?What If! well, I can contribute to on-the-project coaching, handing on my experience of previous projects but also I have time to invest in new ways of doing things, evolution of tools, techniques, approaches etc.”

Liz Neate

Liz Neate

Assistant Director, Financial Advisory Real Estate

Employer: Deloitte
Sector: Professional Services

Annualised hours

“Having travelled in East Africa, I wanted to volunteer in Uganda. I knew this was a good opportunity to take advantage of Deloitte’s ‘annualised days contract’. I was therefore able to give my real estate day job skills to Land and Equality Movement of Uganda (LEMU) to help vulnerable landowners in Uganda protect their land.

The annualised days contract allowed me to spend 80% of my time working for Deloitte and 20% of my time supporting LEMU. This has made it possible for me to do the two things that I’m passionate about.”

Karen Fraser

Karen Fraser

Director and Head of Strategy

Employer: Credos
Sector: Professional Services

Annualised hours

“I lead Credos, the advertising industry’s think tank and I work 200 days a year. Under the terms of my contract, I can work with other businesses, alongside my day job. The freedom that a flexible working arrangement gives me is invaluable. I am hugely productive, and I work long hours, but the flexibility I have allows me to broaden my interests and work with a number of clients outside of my main role. It also lets me pursue personal projects.

I spend time reading to keep up to date on new developments in business, psychology and social sciences. I’m particularly interested in children’s health and wellbeing, and am especially keen to work in this field. I use the rest of my time to focus on my own health, wellbeing and creativity – all of which is important to staying relevant and focussed in my primary role with the advertising industry.

I believe flexible working makes me a better, healthier and more productive employee, and I would like to see more people given the option to work in this way. I think the UK’s 33 million workers, their employers, and their families, would benefit greatly.”

Caitlin Cockerton

Caitlin Cockerton

Director

Employer: ?What If! Innovation
Sector: Professional Services

Annualised hours Part time

“I’ve worked flexibly on two models for the last 18 months, following my return to work after having my daughter. The first model – 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday – enabled me to dive back into work in a nearly-full time capacity while keeping 1 day a week to have dedicated time with my child. In the 15 months I worked on this model, I accelerated my career and earned a promotion, which was great. I at times worked more than 4 days per week and probably didn’t get the financial compensation for this ‘extra time’.

In my new role as a Director, I was keen to find a model that appreciated the true nature of our business – demanding full time work at times, but then also having some calmer periods. My new model is 180 days per year (equivalent to 3.5 days/week pro rata), worked flexibly – sometimes working 4 or 5 days a week when the demand is high, but also retaining the time I’m owed back, either by working 2 or 3 days some weeks, or by taking chunks of time off. This new model is an experiment for me and for the organisation and no one else at this level works on such a modelÄ so, we’ll see how it goes!”

Angela Chan

Angela Chan

Annualised hours Part time

“In her role as Head of Creative Diversity, Angela leads a team with responsibility for ensuring Channel 4’s programmes reflect the diversity of the audience, as well as advocating for more diversity in the creative industries as a whole. She and her colleagues work within the channel’s creative commissioning team to find and break new onscreen talent, boost underrepresented talent within the industry and advise independent producers on getting diversity right. She is also Head of Special Projects, using her experience in innovation and organisational change to deliver exciting new opportunities. Angela works four days per week in order to balance her career with her family and her studies. She is currently completing an Executive MBA with Ashridge Hult.”

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