Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 463–476 | Cite as

Factors that Determine the Use of Flexible Work Arrangement Practices in Spain

  • Salomé Goñi-Legaz
  • Andrea Ollo-LópezEmail author
Original Paper


Despite the great significance attributed in recent years to flexible work arrangement practices the factors that determine their use are not clear. Drawing on data from a representative sample of workers in Spain, this article shed light on how personal, work, and firm characteristics explain the use of flexible work arrangement practices. Despite general similarity in terms of flexible work arrangement practices strategy, employee characteristics provide the most comprehensive account of the use of part-time work. People with more family responsibilities are those that use more this practice. However, work characteristics enable the most complete profile-description of workers using flexible work arrangement practices. Work characteristics, such as position or high-performance work practices, determine the use of timetable flexibility, timetable set by self, work from home and days off.


Flexible work arrangement practices Determinants Work–family interface 



This research was supported by the Spanish Ministry of SEC2007-67737-C03-02/ECON awarded to Salomé Goñi Legaz and ECO2010-213-93-C04-03 awarded to Andrea Ollo López. The authors acknowledge the helpful comments of the editor-in-chief of Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Elizabeth M. Dolan, and of the two anonymous reviewers.


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  1. 1.Departamento de Gestión de EmpresasUniversidad Pública de NavarraPamplonaSpain

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