Many workers would forgo a pay rise of up to 10% to secure more say in where and when they work, according to a study that says the Fair Work Act is failing to keep up with flexible practices, while other research says Working From Home (WFH) employees save an average of $10,000 a year.
A Deloitte and Swinburne University report on 2000 flexible location and onsite workers also warns of “clear” signs of increasing workloads and burnout, with a third putting in extra hours since the pandemic and over half exceeding their standard hours at least once a week.
It says a “dilemma” is emerging, with the Act “not effectively protecting flexible-location workers’ pay or their choices while employers are left exposed to penalties for non-compliance as more and more workers expect and will self-direct non-standard working hours that suit them”.
While 41% of flexible-location workers are deciding their own work patterns, according to the Reset, Restore, Reframe – Making Fair Work FlexWork report, it says they are most likely to be working regular non-standard hours because of extra workloads and a third are not being compensated for the additional time, compared with 16% of onsite workers.
Some 28% of flexible location workers are paid overtime for the extra hours, while 23% receive TOIL and 21% say they are compensated via their salary.
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