EY this week confirmed in a video conference call to its 17,000 staff members in UK that they will be expected to work remotely at least two days per week in its revised post-COVID structure, according to HR Grapevine.

The new hybrid working model also includes client visits. Hywel Ball, EY’s UK Chair, told The Guardian: “The experience of the pandemic has brought new perspectives to our people and our clients on how they manage their working lives.”

 “There will always be a need for EY to have office space across the UK, but how we use our offices in the future will change with a greater emphasis on collaboration rather than as a place for individual working,” he said.

Before EY, other “Big Four” members announced similar changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. PwC confirmed in March 2021 that it would switch to a hybrid model, allowing workers to operate from home for half of their hours. Similarly, KPMG this month announced that its employees would be expected to work from the office just two days a week.

Many other industries such as insurance and advertising said they were changing their work organization. Earlier this month, HR Grapevine reported that Aviva & WPP were among the biggest UK firms not returning to the office full-time. "We're never going to go back to working the way we used to work,” Mark Read, Chief Executive of WPP, told the BBC at the time. "People are working from home three to four days a week so we probably need 20% less space, but we're not going to do that if everyone's working from home on Mondays and Fridays,” he added.

Similarly, Aviva’s Chief People Officer, Danny Harmer, confirmed to the BBC that 95% of its workers wanted to spend a portion of time working flexibly and remotely.


Publié le 26 mai 2021