Flexible conversations

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Flexible working

We aspire to be the leading professional services firm for flexible working to benefit our people, our clients and the communities we work within.

Karen Mattison - Timewise Co-Founder

“Timewise helps businesses to attract and develop the best talent through flexible working. EY should be commended for their commitment to balancing clients’ needs with enabling professionals to build careers without sacrificing personal priorities.”

Lynn Rattigan - COO at EY

“There’s never been a more relevant time to talk about flexible working. Changes in legislation, society and technology are normalising the different forms that flexible working can take, challenging the traditional 9-5 working week.”

Flexible working at EY

Kiran photo - Senior Manager - FS Data & Analytics

Managing school runs to managing Parkinson's

Our FS Data & Analytics team use flexibility to balance their commitments.

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Lee photo - Senior Manager - UK&I Assurance

Extra holiday through flex

How Lee makes it work through reduced hours to spend more time with his partner.

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Rebekah photo - eDiscovery Associate - Forensic & Integrity Services

Home working and dog training

How working flexibly is helping Rebekah become a trainer for search and rescue dogs.

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Jessica photo - Manager People Advisory Services

Annualised hours

How Jessica uses flexible working to travel the world.

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Making job sharing work

Lucy and Debra explain the advantages of job sharing and how this benefits the business
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Are two jobs better than one?

"A second job can mean anything. It can satisfy two different sides to you."
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Flexible workspace

We provide workspaces that enabled fluid working patterns, invest in robust technology that supports flexible working regardless of location and have developed effective communication channels across the firm. We are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage our employees to work flexibly.


EY piloted a flexible working scheme for the first time in 2012. Now, we are proud to have flexible working embedded into our culture, whether on a formal or informal basis.

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Flexible thinking

We enable our people to make their own decisions and focus on outputs, use their judgement and make the right decisions around working flexibly. We understand that requirements change as people's careers and life evolve.

What's in the guide?



Want to take the leap to work flexibly? Be inspired by real-life experiences of working flexibly, and see how it could work for you.


Our reasons for working flexibly are changing. What's your motivation?


Why are we working flexibly? Five case studies reveal their motivations and experiences of how flexible working has shaped their lives for the better.

Advice and support

Top tips on how to introduce the idea of flexible working into your career conversations

The future is flexible

The world of flexible working is evolving - don't be afraid to introduce the idea of flexibility into your career conversations.


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firms say flexible working helps motivation, commitment and employee relations.



of managers believe flexible working benefits their business.



of us want flexibility in our next role.



is the amount that could be added to the UK from flexible working through more productive use of available flexible working hours.