KPMG staff rush to apply for four-day week

Nearly 70% of KPMG’s 11,000 UK staff have applied to work a four-day working
week or take extended unpaid leave, according to a spokesman for the Big Four

The flexible working scheme is designed to avoid redundancies at the
accounting firm if the economy deteriorates further.

KPMG is not thought to be considering introducing the scheme imminently after
making a strong start to the year, although the scheme could be introduced in
the spring or summer, depending on economic conditions.

A KPMG spokesman said the flexible working scheme was a ‘contingency
measure’. He added that high demand for the scheme ‘significantly reduces’ the
prospect of redundancies at the firm, he added.

The deadline for applications for the scheme is next Wednesday.

Earlier this week KPMG sweetened the terms of its flexible work offer in a
bid to encourage more of its staff to sign up.

Instead of docking a full day’s pay, KPMG said staff, including partners,
would only lose 10% of their existing pay, on condition that 75% of staff agreed
to take part.

The offer comes amid a wave of job cuts in the profession. Firms including
Deloitte, Grant Thornton and PKF have announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs in
expectation of slower revenue growth this year.

Thousands of redundancies in financial services have cut the amount of
advisory work on offer, while merger and acquisition activity has also slowed

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