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We’re one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. We’re the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.

We’re also: the UK’s number 1 funeral services provider, a major general insurer, a growing legal services business.

As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 70,000 people, we’re a recognised leader for our social goals and community-led programmes. We exist to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.

So, the more successful we are, the more we can give back to you and your local community. That’s why we’re different.

1 Balloon Street, Manchester, M60 4EP
Industry Retail
Company size:   10,001+ employees
Industry:   Retail
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1 Balloon Street
M60 4EP

The Co-op supports its employees by offering flexible working such as hybrid working, compressed hours and job-share, giving colleagues choice about how they do the right work at the right time.

What we love about Co-op:

💡 They offer a variety of flexible working options and see the benefits that this can have to colleagues and the company.

💡 Anyone can request to work flexibly, regardless of the length of time worked at the company or the number of hours worked a week.

💡 Co-op supplies the correct technology and support needed for hybrid working

What is worth checking with Co-op:

💡 Individuals may not be granted flexible working if one or more colleagues within a team have already had flexible working agreed.

💡 Hybrid working is dependent on the role, the level of supervision required, the minimum levels of physical cover required and the section of Co-op that colleagues work in.

Articles about Co-op:

💡 Reflecting on one year of remote working at Co-op Digital

Flexible Working Approach

Here at the Co-op we want to support colleagues who want to work flexibly wherever we can. We recognise the benefits flexible working brings to colleagues and Co-op and we want to make sure colleagues have the right work-life balance.

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.
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.
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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