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Consultancy firm PwC tells 24,000 staff it will shut most of its offices over Christmas to save cash

It is now WFH due to the cost of living crisis! Consulting giant PwC tells its 24,000 employees that it will close most of its offices over Christmas for the first time to save on sky-high energy bills.

  • PwC to temporarily close its swanky central London office to save energy
  • It’s the first time the accounting giant has shut down most of its sites
  • Even during the coronavirus pandemic, PwC did not close all of its offices completely
  • It has 19 buildings across the UK and is hailed as one of Britain’s ‘big four’ companies.

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Britain’s cost-of-living crisis has prompted one of the country’s largest accounting and consultancy firms to close most of its offices for Christmas in a bid to cut its heating and electricity bills.

PwC has told its 24,000 UK employees that it will close its swanky central London headquarters at 1 Embankment Place and a strip of its other smaller offices across the country to save energy.

The decision will mark the first time that PwC has fully closed most of its buildings over the festive period. Even during the coronavirus outbreak, the company kept its offices open for emergencies.

“With many using the festive period as an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from work, and with offices normally quieter during that time, this year we will take the opportunity to further reduce our energy consumption by reducing the space we heat. and light from Friday, December 23 to Tuesday, January 3,’ PwC told staff about him in a memo leaked to the Telegraph.

Pwc Will Temporarily Close Its Swanky Central London Office (Pictured) Over The Festive Period In A Bid To Save Money On Energy Bills.

PwC will temporarily close its swanky central London office (pictured) over the festive period in a bid to save money on energy bills.

Heating and power bills have skyrocketed this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, leading some businesses to close for good and causing misery for millions of cash-strapped Britons.

Last month, National Grid warned that rolling blackouts could hit the nation this winter if it cannot import enough gas and electricity from Europe.

But the nation’s energy crisis has deepened since then, with delays to a new power station and a projected big drop in the amount of power Britain will be able to import from France.

National Grid nearly activated its winter emergency plan for the first time, which would have seen the power giant pay consumers to use less power at peak times. But this was canceled at the 11th hour.

The government has been under pressure to address the energy crisis, amid reports that the cost-of-living crisis was putting thousands of companies out of business.

Recent figures show that the number of businesses closed through the end of September 2022 is now more than 20,000, an increase of 72 percent from 2021.

PwC has 19 offices in Britain and is hailed as one of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms in the nation. But he has been bullish against staff working from home.

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1670238472 433 Consultancy Firm Pwc Tells 24000 Staff It Will Shut Most

Kevin Ellis (pictured), chairman of PwC UK, said the decision to temporarily close the buildings was part of his “pragmatic approach” to save money as energy bills continue to rise.

The Decision Will Mark The First Time That Pwc Has Fully Closed Most Of Its Buildings Over The Festive Period.  Even During The Coronavirus Outbreak, The Company Kept Its Offices Open For Emergencies.  The Photo Shows The Interior Of The Organization'S Embankment Site.

The Decision Will Mark The First Time That Pwc Has Fully Closed Most Of Its Buildings Over The Festive Period.  Even During The Coronavirus Outbreak, The Company Kept Its Offices Open For Emergencies.  The Photo Shows The Interior Of The Organization'S Embankment Site.

The decision will mark the first time that PwC has fully closed most of its buildings over the festive period. Even during the coronavirus outbreak, the company kept its offices open for emergencies. The photo shows the interior of the organization’s Embankment site.

During the first Christmas of the pandemic, in 2020, PwC did not completely close its offices. And it kept them open to everyone over the festive period the following year despite the rising number of cases linked to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Writing at the time, Kevin Ellis, the firm’s UK chairman, said “there was no substitute for being with people face-to-face.”

speaking to the Telegraph Over the weekend, Ellis added: ‘Office life is very important to our culture and business, but having all our offices open over the holiday period doesn’t make sense in a time of power shortages.

‘Our people want us to do our bit to reduce energy consumption. We have taken a pragmatic approach to ensure that some offices across the country remain open for those who need them.’

It is understood that PwC staff in London will still be able to access workspaces at the company’s More London office.

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