EY has become the latest Big 4 accounting firm to tell its staff that they can choose where they work from in a post-pandemic world. The firm confirmed that it will be moving to a hybrid working model in the UK, with the expectation that most of its staff will spend at least two days a week working remotely with the remainder of their time spent working together in person at client sites or in EY offices.
Further details: EY confirms move to hybrid working model
Earlier in the year, PwC UK announced that it will allow its staff to work flexibly after the COVID pandemic. The firm said that it was rolling out a flexible working policy that will allow its UK staff to personalize their working days and finish early on Fridays during the summer months.
Further details: PwC announces new flexible work deal for employees
In addition, KPMG UK told its staff that they can leave early one day a week as part of a move towards more flexible working after restrictions are eased. The firm also said that staff will work at KPMG offices for four days each fortnight with the rest of the time at either home or client sites.
Further details: KPMG unveils the ‘four-day fortnight’ for 16,000 staff
Deloitte have also indicated that they will offer a hybrid working model for their staff, however, the details of this arrangement have not been announced by the Big 4 firm yet.
The move from the Big 4 accounting firms come as the demand for flexible working arrangement in a post-pandemic world grows further. A survey conducted by EY has found that more than half (54%) of the employees surveyed from around the world would consider leaving their jobs if they were not afforded flexible working arrangements in a post-COVID world.