When looking to hire a new member of staff a local digital media company decided to think outside of the box.
Ecce, the award-winning digital development agency based in Sevenoaks, recently hired a new Marketing Manager on a flexible working contract. Jules Haines, mum of two, will work four days a week, giving her the work-life balance she’s been looking for.
Brant McNaughton, CEO of Ecce explained the rationale behind the working hours.
“We understand that life isn’t as clear-cut as working five days a week 9am-5pm,” said Brant. “So when recruiting for our latest role we approached the part-time recruitment specialist Ten2Two. We wanted to find the best of the best to join our team, so if that person is only available for part-time work, we are happy with that.”
“I was thrilled to find a company that is sympathetic to my needs as a parent,” said new recruit Jules. “My kids are still young so I really want to spend more than just two days a week with them. The cost of childcare leaves most mums wondering if it’s even possible to return to work. I feel very lucky to have found such an accommodating employer.”
Andrea Starbuck, TentoTwo, said: "We were delighted to be able to help Ecce and introduce Jules to their team. It is a great example of a small local business tapping into an under-utilised talent pool of professionals, who have a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the business and add real value. We have a large community of people like Jules from a variety of sectors who are looking to join local business. With employment at its highest for over 40 years this talent pool should not be over looked."
Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, such as having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.