Blog articles from FFWS, our partner organisations and guest bloggers.


Family Friendly Working Scotland champions senior job-share role

Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) – the hub organisation for flexible and family friendly working in Scotland- is living its mission by enabling its most senior role to be carried out on a job share basis.


The job share sees two successful, committed, hard-working women with complimentary skill sets and can-do attitudes working together on distinct areas of responsibility. Two people with young children, seeking a creative way to combine parenthood with a senior leadership role.


New Women Returners Programme helps STEM Employers reconnect with and retain lost talent

By Lesley Macniven, Equate Scotland’s Women Returners Programme Lead.


Equate Scotland have worked as change agents across the Scottish science, technology and engineering landscape for the last ten years, helping employers create more diverse, equal and family friendly workplaces. As experts on increasing women’s representation in these STEM industries, our work articulates the social and economic benefits of creating an inclusive workplace culture. As such we work closely with partner organisation Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS).


Tracey Eker, CEO of Flexiworkforce: The idea to start Flexiworkforce came when I decided to get back into work after taking a break to look after my 3 kids. I found it a huge challenge to find a job which was suited to my skillset but offered me the flexibility I needed to accommodate my childcare commitments.


Kirsty Blackman, MP for Aberdeen North, made the headlines earlier this year when she was cautioned for taking her two young children to a Westminster committee meeting because she couldn’t find childcare. Here she blogs in support of National Work Life Week and the need for greater flexible working options for everyone.


By Nick Cohen, bizanywhere

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revealed that a work from anywhere culture could add an extra £11.5bn per year to the UK. 14.1 million British workers want to work flexibly. Office culture is moving towards productivity, not just being chained to a desk appearing that you’re working. Most organisations (particularly SMBs) need their workforce available outside of traditional office hours. It’s also even easier to work internationally so being flexible in your working arrangements is key to being available to do business.


Retaining female (and all) talent at the top

Last week the headlines were full of the so-called ‘mummy tax’ and news that women in the UK who return to work after having a baby continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) tells us that Scotland is one of the worst culprits in the UK, with the gender pay gap standing at 29.2%. I can also tell you that the estimated costs of under-utilising women’s skills is estimated to be between 15 and 23 billion pounds or 1.3 to 2.0 per cent of GDP (CIPD).