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More people are shunning nine-to-five jobs in favour of flexible working

PUBLISHED: 08:59 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 May 2017

File photo of office workers at their desks as a report finds more people are turning to flexible and independent working instead of the traditional nine to five. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

File photo of office workers at their desks as a report finds more people are turning to flexible and independent working instead of the traditional nine to five. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The nine-to-five is becoming old hat as record numbers of people turn to more flexible and independent ways of working, a study has found.

The trend has led to more women working as well as increased self-employment for its work-life benefits, according to the report by online marketplace notonthehighstreet and Oxford Economics.

Research showed there are now 134,000 small creative businesses in the UK, employing 192,000 people.

Starting a business is now a way back into work for many women who took time off to care for children.

Norwich firm Curveball Media has introduced a six-hour working day in a bid to boost productivity and staff wellbeing.

Simon Belsham, chief executive of notonthehighstreet.com, said: “In the last 10 years, thousands of small creative businesses have emerged all over the UK, creating jobs, driving wealth creation and contributing significantly to the economy.

“Perhaps most importantly, however, these businesses are highlighting the huge change under way in the UK workforce, a transformation that is seeing more women in work and more people turning to self-employment and flexible working as they shun the traditional nine-to-five model.

“Our hyper-connected world and advances in technology are allowing more people to find greater autonomy over working lives and fulfilment through work.”

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