October 23, 2018

PwC Cutting the Cord on Landlines in All U.K. Offices

It looks like PwC staffers are going all mobile, all the time in the United Kingdom.

The Telegraph reports:

Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer.

A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip all of our people with a mobile phone, and many had already moved away from using their landlines.

“With landline usage falling rapidly, we believe that a more mobile-focused policy is a more efficient way of working.”

There will still be some landlines laying around, mostly used for security purposes, client meetings, and at reception desks, according to the BBC. But meeting rooms will use new conferencing technology that can connect to mobiles.

In 2010, U.K. businesses had more than 10 million landline numbers, but that total dropped by 35% by the end of last year, according to U.K. communications regulator Ofcom, The Telegraph noted.

[The Telegraph] [BBC]

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french flag.jpgWalking around the PwC office in Midtown Manhattan, our blogospondent in the field happened across a couple of young ladies having the picture taken in front of the P Dubya sign out front, proudly posing as if it was their names on the building at 300 Madison.
Said blogospondent approached the young ladies and asked if they worked at the P Dub and they responded in heavily French accents, “yes”. As result of further prying, it was revealed that the ladies do work a lot during “busy times”, sometimes between 50 and 60 hours a week!
This compared to an American tax associate who we spoke to just a couple days before who, in the last fifteen days, had worked 185 hours.
Let’s recap: America – 185 hours in 15 days in the middle of June vs. France – 50-60 hours in one week during the “busy time”.
American vitriol towards the French may now ensue.

PwC Needs a Lesson or Two in Spin

240px-PricewaterhouseCoopers.svg.pngIn, lets talk about anything but Satyam, PwC news, the largest Big 4 firm was rated highest among professional service providers on brand recognition in the Brand Finance Top 50 ranking of Best Brands of British Origin.
“Chairman of PwC [in the UK] Ian Powell said the recognition was ‘testament to the strength and reach of our clients, the talents of our people, and the contribution that we make to the wider community.'”
We won’t take anything away from PwC but sometimes bad news is the best news for brand recognition. So this whole Satyam thing is probably not getting the credit it deserves. Come on P. Dubs! Lemons into lemonade!

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[Accountancy Age]