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Channel 4

Channel 4 is a unique and distinctive part of the UK. Publicly owned but entirely commercial and self-sufficient, our public-service remit mandates us to take risks and offer alternative programming, commissioning all of our programmes externally. We’re a network of 12 television channels plus a streaming platform, All 4. 

We have the youngest-skewing PSB channel in the UK – and we reach more 16-34-year-olds than any other commercial broadcaster across TV and streaming. Through Film4, we back creative excellence and invest in British filmmakers, to huge critical acclaim – Film4 films have produced 138 Oscar nominations and 35 wins in our 38-year history. We bring to life new creative ideas and, in the process, create thousands of jobs and support hundreds of independent production companies across the UK.

Channel 4 is built on strong foundations. Since we were created in 1982, we have been at the centre of national conversations and have been instrumental in creating a truly world-beating production sector.

Channel 4's new Future4 strategy builds upon our strong track record of digital innovation and will accelerate Channel 4’s pivot to digital by driving both online viewing and new revenues. It’s an ambitious and comprehensive plan to transform Channel 4 into a digital PSB that retains its distinctive brand and public service impact.

124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX
Industry Broadcast Media
Company size:   1,001-5,000 employees
Industry:   Broadcast Media
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124 Horseferry Road

Channel 4 gives their employees a choice in their working hours through flexible working arrangements such as staggered and compressed working hours.

What we love about Channel 4:

💡 The option of compressed working hours allows employees to have a four-day working week.

💡 Channel 4 gives choice and flexibility to their employees.

What is worth checking with Channel 4:

💡 Those who are working a rostered shift pattern, freelancers, additional workers and third-party agency workers aren't eligible for the flexible working policy.

💡 Employees may need to put through a request for flexible working. 

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Flexible Working Approach

Channel 4 wants to offer people the choice and flexibility in their working hours wherever is operationally possible. The aim of this policy is to set out the basic framework governing working time. However, the success of the policy will depend on you as an individual, your team and manager working together to bring it to life in an effective way. For the purposes of this policy, ‘flexible working hours’ includes the following arrangements:

  • Staggered working hours: This allows flexibility in your start and finish times. Our core working hours are between 10.30am – 16.30pm so as long as you are here during this time you can apply to start and finish at times which suits you..
  • Compressed working hours: This allows you to compress your contractual hours into fewer days (either a four-day week or nine-day fortnight) and then take the fifth or tenth day off.

Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Core Hours / Staggered Hours: Core hours refer to specific times an organisation requires an employee to work, for example 10am to 4pm. Staggered hours are when an employee has different start and finish times from other workers.
Mutually Agreed / Predictable Hours: These refer to a pre-agreed number of hours between a business and employee. These may flex up and down slightly, however they generally remain the same month on month.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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