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Men are given twice as much flexibility than women when it comes to working hours and continue to take more sick days than their female counterparts.

On average, men work six hours flexibly per week compared to just three hours worked by women, according to a new report by call service provider, Powwownow.

Less than half of women (47%) are afforded the opportunity to work flexibly by their employer in an average week, while two thirds of men (66%) are granted this request.

The research also found that in addition to favourable working hours, men are also rewarded for working overtime, as over half (55%) are paid extra for working outside their contracted hours, compared to only a third of women (33%).

When asked to work overtime, over a third of men (35%) reported being “angry” or “frustrated”, whereas 56% of women expressed a positive reaction such as “motivated” or “confident”.

Despite getting a better deal in the workplace, men are more inclined to take fake sick days, with a third (33%) admitting they take at least one or more days off a year without good reason, in contrast to just a fifth of women (20%) who take this liberty.

Jason Downes, managing director of Powwownow, said: “From the research it is clear that attitudes towards men and women in the workplace, as well as general approaches to flexible working, still leave a lot of room for improvement; employers need to take urgent action to address this imbalance.”

Mr Downes said it was astonishing that men were granted twice as much flexibility as women, particularly as the flexible working law came into force two years ago.

The law insists all employees have the legal right to request flexible working, not just parents and careers. Employers must deal with flexible working requests in a ‘reasonable manner’ and asses both advantages and disadvantages of the application.

Mr Downes added: “If businesses want to attract skilled talent to their workforce, these are the types of approaches that need to change. Without change, people will be reluctant to join an outdated workplace and businesses will miss out on the next generation of talent required to drive the economy forward.”