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Flexi-time and how to use it

Flexi-time allows you to vary your start and finish times around ‘core working hours'.

What is flexi-time and am I eligible?

The flexi-time scheme allows you to have an element of flexibility over your working hours. It involves flexible start and finish times around ‘core working hours’ (when attendance is required) and within the limitations of the ‘bandwidth’ (the earliest and latest times between which hours can be worked) allows you more choice, subject to the operational requirements, over your working hours.


Subject to the operational needs of the University to deliver services effectively and where Departments choose to introduce the scheme, flexi-time is available to all staff apart from:  - casual workers - staff whose contracts require the working of specific fixed hours (e.g. staff working shifts)  - academic staff (academic staff already have flexibilities within their contract)

The normal working hours pattern for a full time member of staff is:   Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.20pm, and Friday 9.00am to 5.10pm There is one unpaid hour for lunch.

Other definitions are as follows: Day:   7 hours 20 minutes (7 hours 10 minutes on Fridays) Half day:  3 hours 40 minutes Week:  36 hours 30 minutes

This does not prevent departments setting different working hours patterns for their full-time staff, in order to best meet the operational requirements of their work.

Core and flexible hours

All full-time staff are expected to be present undertaking their duties during the core hours which are defined as follows:

Start Finish Flexible/Core
8.00am 10.00am flexible
10.00am 12.00pm Core
12.00pm 2.00pm flexible
2.00pm 4.00pm Core
4.00pm 6.00pm flexible

These are the standard core hours for full-time staff to whom this scheme applies and should be used for normal working arrangements.  They can be varied by those departments who wish to operate flexi-time but would need to vary the specified core and flexible hours in order to best meet the operational requirements of their work and the service that they provide. Although there is a standard scheme, implementation is in a flexible manner to suit the operations of individual departments or sections. 

The purpose of the scheme is to allow you to effectively manage your work commitments and your personal commitments.  Subject to the operational requirements of the service, full-time staff may work flexibly during ‘Flexible’ hours for their department. Part-time staff may, subject to the exigencies of the service, work flexibly if part of their working day falls during ‘Flexible’ hours.

Flexi-time differs from Time off in Lieu (TOIL) which can only be accrued through additional hours worked requested or approved in advance by a line manager or a set requirement to undertake additional hours of work. This would normally be in relation to a specific activity or piece of work. 

Principles and operation of the scheme

Principles of the scheme

1) Participation in any scheme adopted in a Department or Section is optional and you may elect to maintain your ‘normal’ working hours

2) Staff who, by the nature of their contract i.e. part-time hours, or those with working patterns or on shift patterns where they are required to undertake duties at a particular time, may be unable to benefit from the scheme

3) It is not a contractual right and can be reviewed at any time, including on an annual basis or when staff leave/join the department or University.  It may be amended or withdrawn if there is a detrimental impact on the delivery of the service.  If arrangements are changed these will be given in writing

4) It does not alter the existing definition of a working week, defined as 36.5 hours per week and it does not affect overtime working

5) In line with University policy, all staff working more than five sequential hours a day must take a minimum of a half hour break which is not counted within the flexi-time scheme i.e. it is taken in staff’s ‘own time’.  For young people under the age of 18 years, a minimum break of half an hour is required after four and half hours in accordance with the working time regulations

6) Hours must be recorded and approved in quarter of an hour segments

7) ‘credit’ hours accrued as a result of the scheme must be taken as flexi leave

8) a maximum of one working day of ‘credit’ hours can be carried into the next four week period

9) hours must be accrued in advance of taking flexi leave as there is no debit process

10) if you resign from the University you are expected to clear any credit or debit flexi-time before leaving

11) its success relies upon the trust between you and your manager and the individuals using the scheme

Operating the scheme

1) Any request to take more than one hour of flexi-time in any one day should be agreed by your line manager in advance.  You are encouraged to approach your team informally to discuss your request and operational needs prior to consulting your manager.  You should be mindful of busy periods within the academic year and your department

2) A request may be refused if minimum staffing levels cannot be maintained as this may cause undue pressure on the remainder of the team.  Appropriate staffing levels will be determined by the Head of Department/Head of Professional Service

3) Annual leave and then TOIL should always take priority over flexi-time

4) If you wish to take a full working day off to use flexi-time accrued you must make a request to your line manager normally not less than seven days in advance

5) If you participate in the flexi scheme you must keep a clear and accurate record of hours worked, including lunch break on a Flexi time Sheet

6) Flexi records should be reviewed by your line manager on a four weekly basis and a record should be kept for up to 3 months

7) Time taken for medical/dental appointments is covered in the Sickness Absence Policy