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Work Life Balance, Flexible Working and Workstyles

North Ayrshire Council, as an employer of choice, has a number of policies and procedures in place to allow employees to achieve a work life balance either through a permanent arrangement, or on an ad-hoc basis.

Work Life Balance

The Work Life Balance Policy and Procedure (PDF, 206kb) is in place to allow employees to apply to make a permanent change their working pattern, to support a better balance between work and home.

There are different options available, as detailed in the HR Guide: Work Life Balance Options, (PDF, 260kb).

Flexible Working Hours Scheme

Most of our full time employees work 35 hours per week. A flexible working scheme is in operation in some parts of the council. This scheme affords employees the opportunity to vary their start and finish times so they can maintain a comfortable work-life balance.

Eligible employees can arrange their working times based on workload, patterns of work within their service, and other commitments, whilst providing the most efficient service possible.

Find out more in our Flexible Working Hours Scheme (PDF, 238kb).


North Ayrshire Council supports a flexible and skilled workforce by introducing more flexibility around how and where employees carry out their work, enabling them to maximise their productivity and performance, whilst embracing the changes that have evolved around the ways we are working.

North Ayrshire Council has identified, through consultation, four different Workstyles (PDF, 139kb). Each post in the council can be attributed to one of these styles:

  • In Building - More than 90% of time spent primarily at a single base or location.
  • Mobile - More than 90% of time spent primarily working on a mobile basis across multiple Council facilities and/or home.
  • Agile - 100% of time spent working agile (flexibly) and interacting with others. Able to work at home, office or multiple locations.
  • Home - More than 90% of time working at home, with the requirement to attend Council locations as the role requires.

If you want to work at a set location or time each week you will need to apply via the Work Life Balance Policy and Procedure. This is because it would be considered a fundamental change to your contract of employment.

Working Time Regulations

All working patterns agreed must comply with the Working Time Regulations. Our HR Guide: Working Time Regulations (PDF, 234kb) includes guidance on having 2 or more jobs, and working more than 48 hours per week. If you have any questions regarding these regulations please contact Human Resources & Organisational Development.

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