PwC responds to research with Flexible Working Network

PwC responds to research with Flexible Working Network


In response to finding that almost half of people put flexibility and a good work/life balance first with when choosing a job, PwC have introduced their Flexible Talent Network.

PwC polled 2,000 people across the UK, of whom 46% said flexible working and a culture of good work/life balance are the most important factors in choosing a job.

Their new Flexible Talent Network is designed to support a culture that encourages greater flexibility in the workplace and has attracted more than 2,000 individual applications in its first two weeks.

The new recruitment route is a response to the increasing demand to forgo traditional working patterns and gives people the opportunity to work with PwC without being tied in to a full-time contract or standard working hours.

The initiative gives specific examples of the types of people who might find it useful, from those starting businesses or are volunteering, parents or carers, the semi-retired or those who want to return to work from a career break.

The Flexible Talent Network welcomes applications based on the individual’s skills and the working pattern that suits them, rather than for specific roles. PwC then matches people with relevant projects, taking into account shorter hours or working for just a few months of the year.

Contracts are mutually agreed from the beginning and are eligible for holiday pay, sick pay, pension and a bonus.

PwC also see the Flexible Talent Network as an opportunity to attract more diverse talent.

PwC are also recruiting for its next Back to Business, return to work programme, a six-month senior internship programme to help senior professionals restart their career after an extended break.

Laura Hinton, Chief People Officer at PwC, said “In order to recruit the best people, we recognise that we need to offer greater flexibility, different working options and a route back in for those looking to restart their careers.

“We already encourage everyday flexibility for our people in how and where they work, but our Flexible Talent Network takes flexible working to a new level - allowing people to choose exactly how they want to work throughout the year.

“Offering flexibility in how people work throughout the year is not only good for workers, but also for business, the economy and ultimately society. We’re likely to see a rise in people transitioning in and out of work throughout their careers and those organisations who responsibly support their people to do this will ultimately gain a competitive advantage.”

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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