DWP leases offices to enable more flexible working

Civil servants are to be allowed to work both from home and in hybrid office spaces in 10 cities under government flexible working plans, according to a report.

Flexible working may become the norm for civil servants following a deal with International Workplace Group (IWG), an office space provider, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The scheme will reportedly include staff from the Department for Work and Pensions. A spokesperson said the department was “exploring” potential options, which would be taken on temporarily in various parts of the country and would complement “existing provision”. 

DWP revealed last month that it had secured locations for 80 temporary jobcentres, adding that “dozens more” would follow.

The agreement with IWG comes as the Government proceeds with plans to spread civil service jobs around the country in order to “level up” regions outside London. It was announced in March that over 1,000 civil service roles are to be relocated to Scotland in the next four years. There were more than 430,000 full-time-equivalent civil service posts at the end of last year.


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