Working Flexibly

The RAF is a flexible working employer and this item provides an update on the various options to enable RAF personnel to work flexibly (including Flexible Working (FW), Flexing Leave (FL), Flexible Service (FS) and taking a Career Intermission (CI)).

  • The RAF is committed to supporting the lifestyle choices RAF personnel want to make, enabling them to work flexibly, where operational capability allows.
  • JPA is to be used to apply for FW, FL and FS. For CIs, applications are to be submitted manually using the form at Annex C to Chapter 5 of JSP 760 (tS Regs for Leave and other types of Absence).
  • An on-line guide has been produced to help personnel gain a better understanding of the various options for working flexibly.

Background 

As part of the RAF Strategy’s intent to deliver a modern workforce fit for the future, the RAF is committed to supporting the lifestyle choices SP want to make and enabling them to work flexibly, where operational capability allows. The options that allow individuals to work flexibly include:

• Everyday flexibilities that we use in managing our work (like Ad hoc arrangements to vary the hours worked to help cater for one-off events like a parents’ evening, a car service or workmen calling to carry out home repairs);

• Longer-term FW arrangements (ie. Compressed Hours, Variable Start and Finish Times and Working from Home);

• FL (ie. Call Forward of Leave, Transfer of Leave and Enhanced Leave); 

• FS arrangements (ie. Part Time Working (PTW), Restricted Separation (RS) or a combination of both (PTW/RS); and

• Taking a CI (unpaid absence of between 3 months to 3 years).

Applying to work flexibly

Applications for FW, FL and FS are to be submitted via JPA via Self-Service.

Further guidance on applying for FS is given in IBN 2/19 (the IBN contains links to the JPA FS Business Process and Self-Service User Guides). In respect of FW, it should be noted that only enduring FW arrangements are to be logged on JPA. Ad hoc or short-term arrangements are not to be recorded on JPA and are to be managed locally by Line Managers.

An example of an enduring FW arrangement is regularly working from home one day a week for an 18-month period; working from home one day a week for 2 weeks only is an example of an ad hoc arrangement. Agreed FW arrangements are to be reviewed at least annually to ensure that they still meet the needs of the individual and the workplace.

The process for submitting a FW or FL request is detailed in the Absences (Flexible Working) JPA Self-Service User Guide. Notwithstanding that the JPA Self-Service User Guide indicates that CI applications may be submitted via JPA, this is not the case; CI applications are to be submitted manually using the form at Annex C to Chapter 5 of JSP 760.

Uptake

 The various options to work flexibly continue to be popular. Table 1 below summarises the approved FW and FL applications for FY18/19 compared to the previous FY. Table 2 summarises the number of approved FS applications as at 30 Apr 19. As at 30 Apr 19, 32 personnel were taking a CI.

Additional Information 

Routine enquiries and requests for information and advice should be addressed in the first instance to Unit HR staff. The RAF Policy lead for all forms of FW and FL and for CIs is SO2 Employment Policy (95221 5048). The RAF Policy lead for FS is SO2 AFPP FS (95221 5620)

 

 

 

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