Deloitte, the global consulting and accounting firm, recently told its employees that it will close down 4 of its 50 British offices and retain all of the employees on permanent work-from-home contracts, a move aimed at managing real estate expenses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deloitte’s UK managing partner Stephen Griggs in an email said the pandemic has “fast tracked our future work program, leading us to review our real estate portfolio.” He also assured staff that this would not affect Deloitte’s presence in these regions. About 500 people work in these four offices. “Any proposed change is to our ‘bricks and mortar’, not our presence in these regions”, he added.
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