Fourth work-life balance report

The Fourth Work-Life Balance Employer Survey (2013) was published in December 2014.

The survey was carried out by IFF Research working with the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The main aims of the 2013 survey were to provide:

  • updated, reliable data on awareness, provision, take-up and demand in relation to work-life balance arrangements and on employers’ perceptions of positive benefits and detrimental impacts arising from the provision of these arrangements
  • robust evidence for evaluation of the Government’s initiatives on the work-life balance framework since the previous survey, particularly those covered by the Work and Families Act 2006. These include the extension of the right to request flexible working to parents of children under the age of 17 (2009), to co-resident carers (2007) and the introduction of Additional Paternity Leave implemented from April 2011
  • a robust baseline from which to monitor and evaluate anticipated legislative initiatives in this area, including the planned extension to the right to request flexible working, a new system of shared parental leave and changes to maternity and paternity leave and unpaid parental leave