PwC staff flock back to escape shared flats
AROUND 1,000 PwC staff are returning to the office every week as young employees seek refuge from working in shared flats.
A total of 8,000 staff are currently using company premises, UK chairman Kevin Ellis said, in a sign that working patterns are changing as firms adapt to the post-Covid world.
It came as fresh data showed a plunge in demand for teleconferencing service Zoom.
Mr Ellis said that most employees coming in are seeking social contact.
PwC employees – whose average age is 31 – are typically not coming in for traditional nine to five, five day a week shifts, but instead using offices for meetings or specific tasks.
Mr Ellis said: “We employ thousands of young people, some of whom are perhaps struggling to work with lim- ited space in shared flats, or who are just starting careers and are looking for the in-person experience of working.
“It’s important that our offices are open and that people can come back.”
The accountant is expecting all of its 22,000 staff to go back to the office, although mostly on a part-time basis. It has installed heat sensors on desks to ensure social distancing.
Data from Sensor Tower show that the use of web conferences has plummeted. So far this month, 300,000 people have downloaded the Zoom app, compared to a high of 4.8m in April.
Kevin Ellis, PwC’s UK chairman, said some employees have been struggling to work with limited space at home