Flexible working request letter template

A template letter to make a flexible working request. Free to use.

You can copy and paste the template text into an email or document.

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Important: This template reflects the current law. We will update this template in 2024 when new flexible working law comes into force. Read more about the new flexible working law on GOV.UK.


[Today's date]

Dear [name of your employer / HR manager / line manager],

I am writing to make a statutory flexible working request.

[Either:] I have not made any previous flexible working requests.

[Or:] I have previously made [a flexible working request / flexible working requests] on [give dates].

My current working pattern is [give details].

[Give details of the change you would like to make to your working pattern. For example:

  • reducing hours from 35 to 30 per week
  • working from home 2 days per week
  • starting at 7:30am and finishing at 3:30pm, instead of working from 9am to 5pm]

The reason I want this change is [give details].

I would like this change to start from [date].

To deal with any effects the change could have on my work or the organisation, I suggest [give details of how you and your employer could deal with any effects. For example:

  • job sharing
  • being available to answer calls in emergencies].

[Optional: Give details of any benefits the change could have to your work, organisation or people you work with. For example:

  • saving costs
  • covering shifts that others do not want to do].

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

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