EY staff to spend two days a week at home under new hybrid working plan

Big Four accountancy firm EY has told its staff to expect to spend two days a week working from home under its new plans for hybrid working.

The firm said it expects that most of its staff will spend three days a week in an EY office or at a client site and the remainder of their time working remotely once the coronavirus restrictions lift in the UK.

The decision follows a series of focus groups, surveys and pilots with EY partners and staff, the firm said in a 24 May statement.

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Staff were informed of the decision in an internal webcast earlier today, the statement said.

EY said it would launch a programme of office reconfiguration to create more collaboration spaces for meetings and group working.

“We have been assessing the impact of changing work patterns on how, when and where our people work. The experience of the pandemic has brought new perspectives to both our people and our clients on how they manage their working lives,” Hywel Ball, EY’s UK chair, said.

“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 added.

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Fellow Big Four firms PwC and KPMG have also said they are moving to hybrid working post-pandemic.

The Financial Times first reported EY’s hybrid working plans.

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