New study suggests part-timers finally break through glass ceiling

According to today's Guardian, the glass ceiling preventing flexible working for people in senior managerial jobs is beginning to crack as City banks, law firms and other top companies allow key staff to balance work and life.

The "Hours to suit" report undertaken by the campaign group Working Families and sponsored by Lehman Brothers, suggests flexible working policies, such as compressed hours, home working and - sometimes - part-time working or job sharing are beginning to extend from low-level posts to managerial roles for the first time in the UK.

The study focuses on 23 senior managers working reduced hours or flexibly, in organisations ranging from Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan to Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Shell, BT and City legal firms.

However, despite highlighting a number of senior managers with flexible working patterns, the report warns that the myth that senior jobs can only be done full-time in an office persists in many organisations.

For more details see Bosses make room at the top for flexible working by Lucy Ward.

(There doesn't seem to a web-link to the actual report, but one will probably be available soon).

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