Accountancy giant PwC is launching a new recruitment route, the Flexible Talent Network, in response to the growing demand for flexible working.
The idea is to give people the opportunity to work for the firm without being tied into a full-time contract and standard working hours. Instead, people can choose how they want to work, such as shorter hours or only working for a few months a year.
Potential new recruits apply to PwC’s Flexible Talent Network based on the skills they have and the working pattern that best works for them, rather than for specific roles. PwC will then match people in the network with relevant projects.
As well as various opportunities across the business, the company has a specific need for qualified accountants to work during its “busy season” and is offering four to six month employment contracts that start from October.
For senior professionals looking to restart their career after an extended break, PwC offers a six-month paid internship programme, Back to Business.
PwC hopes that by offering different routes into the firm and recruiting based on skills, it will attract more diverse talent who might previously have dismissed working for PwC as an option.
“In order to recruit the best people, we recognise that we need to offer greater flexibility, different working options and a route back in for those looking to restart their careers,” explained Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC.
Offering flexible working is not only good for workers, but also for business, the economy and ultimately society, she said.
“We’re likely to see a rise in people transitioning in and out of work throughout their careers and those organisations who responsibly support their people to do this will ultimately gain a competitive advantage.”