Will You Launch a Flexible Work Scheme like this Big Four Accounting Firm’s?

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PwC recently launched a new scheme named Flexible Talent Network that allows some new recruits to pick a working pattern suitable for them, according to the firm’s UK website.

People in PwC’s Flexible Talent Network will mutually agree a contract in advance, including a number of days that suits their lifestyle, and will be eligible for holiday pay, sick pay, pension and a bonus, the firm said in a statement.

More than 2,000 people have registered for the scheme in the first two weeks, PwC noted. 

“People assume that to work at a big firm they need to follow traditional working patterns - we want to make it clear that this isn’t the case,” said Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC. “ In order to recruit the best people, we recognize that we need to offer greater flexibility, different working options and a route back in for those looking to restart their careers.

According to the firm, applications will be based on skills rather than specific roles. The firm will then match people with the relevant projects.

PwC is now looking for qualified accountants working in audit to support its permanent teams during the audit busy season. The four-to-six month-placement will start from October.

Flexible Talent Network staffers who work 20 hours or more each week are also eligible to participate in PwC’s pension scheme, flexible benefits scheme and other staff benefits, the firm said.

PwC offers flexible working option beyond the UK, according to a company spokesperson in Hong Kong. 

"PwC China and Hong Kong also offers a flexible work environment whereby individuals and teams decide together how and where work gets done," the spokesperson said. "The flexible work arrangements – from telecommuting and flexible hours to nursing rooms for working mothers – are based on the needs of the individual, the team, and the client."




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