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Flexible Working Trends

7 months ago by Olivia Buckland

In recent years, especially post-pandemic, the way we work has seen a significant transformation. The traditional 9-to-5 office job is no longer the only option on the table as the words flexible, remote and hybrid working are now scattered across job descriptions.

Our 2023 Salary Survey highlights touches on flexible working trends over the years. In 2023 the option of remote working is almost 50/50, whilst in 2021 over 60% had remote working options.

These figures suggest there are fewer remote working opportunities now we’re through the pandemic than in 2021.

Out of those that currently have flexible working opportunities, it revealed that only 29.5% had them pre-covid, for the remaining respondents flexible working opportunities have been introduced as a result of the pandemic.

Will these keep declining as time goes on?

Below discusses the positives and negatives of both full-time office work and working remotely.

Full-Time Office Work:


Structured routine: One of the biggest advantages of working in an office is the structured routine it provides. You have set work hours, a designated workspace, and a clear separation between work and personal life.

Social interaction: Office work fosters face-to-face interactions, allowing for better collaboration, mentorship opportunities, and networking. These interactions can boost creativity and camaraderie.

Professional Development: Being in the office often provides more exposure to senior colleagues and opportunities for skill development. This can accelerate your career growth.


Commute: commuting can be a major downside, wasting valuable time and adding stress to your daily life. It can also be expensive and detrimental to the environment.

Limited Flexibility: Office work often demands strict adherence to office hours, leaving little room for flexibility in managing your personal life and responsibilities.

Overhead Costs: Maintaining an office space comes at a cost for both employees and employers. It can be a financial burden for both parties.

Remote Working:


Flexibility: Remote working offers the flexibility to set your own schedule, which can be a game-changer for work-life balance. You can tailor your work environment to suit your needs.

No Commute: You can say goodbye to the daily commute, saving time and money. This benefits the environment and reduces stress.

Cost Savings: Working remotely can lead to cost savings on transportation, work attire, and eating out. This can improve your overall financial situation.


Isolation: Remote working can be lonely. You miss out on the social interactions and spontaneous conversations that an office environment offers.

Distractions: Home environments can be filled with distractions, making it challenging to stay focused and productive.

Communication Challenges: Effective communication can be more challenging in a remote setting. Misunderstandings, delayed responses, and issues related to time zones can arise.

The choice between full-time office work and remote working is not one-size-fits-all and the food/agri sectors are no exception to this. Due to the nature of many jobs within the industry, they come without the possibility to work remotely – think operatives, farm managers and so on. It’s commendable the industry managed to bring in flexible working and keep it for so many.

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