LRA launches Flexible Future 24 Conference

Published on 14 February 2024
Added by Paul Martin

Contemporary flexible working practices, and their potential to power productivity and a more inclusive labour market will be the focal point of the Labour Relations Agency’s upcoming annual conference.


Pictured: Launching the LRA’s Flexible Future 24 conference at Stranmillis College: Ana Desmond, Snr Economist, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, Colin Jack, Director of Business and Employment Regulation Division, Department of the Economy, Gordon Milligan, Chair of the Labour Relations Agency and Laura Dowie, Director of Timely Careers.

Taking place on the 14 March at Stranmillis College, Flexible Futures 2024 will be delivered in partnership with the Department for the Economy and Timely Careers, a social enterprise which enables and empowers women who want to re-start or change their careers, to work in a more flexible way.

The business-to-business event will feature new insights and panel discussions from leading researchers, employers and policy advisors who will showcase the business benefits and best practice of flexible and remote working as it continues to redefine the workplace.

Gordon Milligan, Chair of the LRA said:

"The restoration of Stormont and a fully functioning Assembly creates the perfect backdrop for our conference both in terms of timing and theme. Contemporary approaches to work continue to evolve and this event provides a platform to explore how we best adapt to maximise the benefits of flexible working in a way which is equal, diverse, and inclusive.”

The theme also carries forward the LRA’s commitment to developing a Good Employment Charter for Northern Ireland, with flexible working forming a key pillar.

As conference partner, Timely Careers Director Laura Dowie added:

“There is no doubt that diversity and inclusion of women in the labour market contributes to greater economic impact for business and society. The world of work has changed dramatically in recent years and a ‘one size fits all’ model no longer works for many employees. Those with childcare and caring responsibilities, as well as those with disability have greatly benefitted from more flexible working models. 

“Timely Careers is focused on supporting women returning to work after a career hiatus and we are looking forward to engaging with businesses at the conference to help them realise the value that part-time and flexible working can offer.”

Supported by

  • LRA
  • Department for the Economy
  • Timely