KPMG staff to work from the office just two days a week

Staff at audit firm KPMG UK will work from the office just two days a week under new hybrid working plans, the firm said in a statement.

From June KPMG’s staff will work in the firm’s offices up to four days spread across a two week period with the rest of their time spent at home or at client sites.

The firm’s plan follows consultation with its 16,000 workforce and aims to give staff greater flexibility and choice.

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In a staff survey undertaken in March, 87% of respondents said they liked not having to commute, 76% said they enjoyed the greater flexibility of working from home and 65% said they now had a better work/life balance.

KPMG said in January it was spending £44m to kit out its offices for hybrid working. Its then chief executive Bill Michael said this would be likely to lead to cuts in its real estate needs.

The firm said last month that it would not renew the lease on one of its Manchester offices as part of the shift to hybrid working.

The firm’s chief executive, Jon Holt, said: “We trust our people. Our new way of working will empower them and enable them to design their own working week. The pandemic has proven it’s not about where you work, but how you work.

“We have listened to our people and designed this strategy around our staff and how they can best support our clients.”

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Holt was appointed as the firm’s chief executive last month after Michael resigned after telling staff to stop moaning about working life during the pandemic.

The firm said it was rolling out a number of other new measures to support staff including an extra day off on 21 June.

Staff are also being given an extra two-and-a-half hours a week off every week over the summer, “to give people time away from work and to re-energise”.

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