Deloitte helps graduates get London 2012 Olympic flats

25 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Deloitte UK has started supporting its young graduate recruits with finding a place to live in London as the poorly performing housing market makes finding a suitable place to live nearly impossible. The consulting firm will work with Get Living London to turn the 2012 Olympic athletes’ village into a living space for 40 of its new recruits.

Finding a flat in London is no easy feat. House prices have become prohibitive for many, with the housing crisis following continued increases in demand as the capital city attracts more and more skilled workers while supply remains limited. The result is that for many young workers, gaining an affordable and adequate spot to live has become extremely difficult.

The problem is now so severe that Deloitte is stepping in. The firm will provide its young talent with access to housing – as a bargaining chip to attract them to the firm, as well as to make a wider point about the conditions business and employees are suffering from the continued shortage. The consulting firm found that almost 90% of its incoming graduates want the firm to find housing for them, with 5% indicating that their financial situation is so limited that they are required to share a room to make working for the company a reality.

Deloitte helps graduates get London 2012 Olympic flats

The location for the 40 graduates that are provided housing by Deloitte is the former athletes’ village in east London. The site has housed some of the world’s most celebrated athletes, including Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. The complex will be rebranded the ‘East Village’as part of the project. The firm has teamed up with the Get Living London agency to secure its recruits with a ‘no fees’ and ‘no credit checks’ based approach. Further bonuses include a two week free rent period and being able to secure the room six weeks in advance.

Deloitte Partner James Ferguson says about the conditions: “London has an image problem as a place where affordable accommodation is hard to find. Initiatives like this seek to address the problem to ensure London remains an attractive destination for the best and brightest.” Although it appears that the problem is more than just one of image. The firm’s UK chairman, Simon Collins, adds that the government needs to improve the affordability of housing as a priority, adding that there is: “a widening gap between demand for housing and available supply.”

Alina Serdjukova, an Associate in Deloitte’s audit practice, who will be moving into a flat in the new East Village, says: “Finding affordable accommodation with good facilities was really difficult. The better flats are often taken before you even speak to the agent, or in some cases are not as nice as advertised.”

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”