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Norton Rose is expecting the proportion of its staff working flexibly to increase as a result of an initiative it took to prevent job cuts.
More than 600 employees signed up last year to either work four-day weeks or take sabbaticals in return for reduced pay to avoid redundancies (The Lawyer, 2 April 2009), with the scheme coming to an end last month.
HR director Lak Purewal said: “The [four-day week] scheme has helped us to see flexible working in practice and we consequently expect to see more applications [for part-time working]. As workloads increase we’ll be looking at flexible working schemes more and more. It’s about valuing the individual and ensuring we retain talent.”
Currently just 2 per cent of partners globally work part-time at Norton Rose, compared with an average of 6 per cent at City firms (The Lawyer, 1 February 2010), while 9 per cent of London staff work flexibly.