PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a new recruitment route in response to what it said was an "increasing demand from people to work flexibly and forgo traditional working patterns".
The professional services multinational has established its Flexible Talent Network in order to provide people with the opportunity to work for PwC without the requirement to sign up to full-time contracts or standard working hours.
The new recruitment route will enable contractors to determine their own working patterns, with people able to apply the program based on their skills and the working pattern that works best for them, rather than for specific roles.
The company said that more than 2,000 people had registered for the Flexible Talent Network within the first two weeks of the program, which PwC hoped would attract "more diverse talent" to the business.
Visit Innovation Enterprise's HR & Workforce Analytics Innovation Summit in Chicago on October 30–31, 2018
"In order to recruit the best people, we recognize that we need to offer greater flexibility, different working options and a route back in for those looking to restart their careers," said PwC chief people officer Laura Hinton.
"We already encourage everyday flexibility for our people in how and where they work, but our Flexible Talent Network takes flexible working to a new level, allowing people to choose exactly how they want to work throughout the year."
PwC carried out research with 2,000 people in the UK, which revealed 46% of people stating that flexible working and a culture of good work/life balance were the most important factors when choosing a job.
Hinton added: "People in the network will get to spend their year their way, whether it's because of caring commitments, entrepreneurs supplementing their income, people who want to travel or simply not work all of the year."
PwC also recently began recruiting for its next Back to Business work program intake. The program offers six-month paid senior internship, designed to assist senior professionals to restart their career following an extended break.