Top tips on applying to our Apprenticeship Schemes

 

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Our apprenticeship schemes are more than just an opportunity to learn and earn – they can be a big step towards an amazing and rewarding career. So you’re going to want to make the best start possible, right from the moment you apply.

We know that applying for a job is a big step, and we want you to give it your best shot. Here are a few tips about how to approach things properly.

 

Keep an eye on deadlines

This one sounds obvious, but it’s very important. Don’t leave it to the last day, because you might end up putting yourself under pressure.

Make no misteaks mistakes

It’s a great idea to get your friends and family to read through your application before you submit it. They might spot something you missed.

Do your homework

The more you know about us and what we do, the better your application will be. so get digging, and get your head round our business and our work. Our website is a great place to start.

Make sure we’re your kind of place

It’s important to us that you feel at home here. So follow us on social, get a feel for life here, and decide if you’d like to work with us.

Be positive

We want to see your best ‘you’, so let your ambition and enthusiasm shine through. If you approach the process with a positive frame of mind, it’ll show in your application.

There you go. We hope you find these tips useful, and that they help you put together an application that shows us just why you’re perfect for us. So go and get started - your future with us could begin today.

Good luck.

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Posted on 07/11/2017 | 0 Comments

You are never too young to lead

We caught up with Chris Baker (working in Human Capital HR Applications and relationship manager for London Consulting’s charity partner, The Prince's Trust) after attending the One Young World summit in Bogota.

He shares his experience to date and his top tips for being a young leader. Check out his account below:

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I recently attended the One Young World summit in Bogota and it was inspirational on many levels. The stories and achievements revealed by young speakers at the event were amazing, emotional, and humbling. And the one thing every individual had in common was their attitude to getting things done.

Whether through ambition, compassion or horrific adversity, none of these delegate speakers waited for an older, more experienced individual to call the shots, but took action themselves to solve the problems they saw around them. They were all leaders, regardless of their age.

In my daily work and in my voluntary role managing our charity partnership with the Prince’s Trust, I find leadership is something that you do, not what you are.

I may only be a junior grade and 25 years old, but I know that real leadership doesn’t come purely from experience. It’s your ability to persuade and encourage people to act in a certain way or reach a certain goal – ultimately, successfully and in a way that helps develop them and their organisation, team or community.

This is something the delegate speakers at One Young World all had in abundance. I don’t want to compare myself to these phenomenal young people. However, if you are starting out on a project or interest, and need somewhere to start, here are my tips for being a successful young leader:

Believe in your cause 

This is a given. Wherever you want to lead, you need to be inspired by a genuine interest in your argument, idea or project. This does not always have to be your mission in life – as long as you can articulate your inspiration, and your drivers, then others will buy into your vision. Young people are often described as ‘passionate’, ‘energetic’ or ‘enthusiastic’ – this is a positive, so use it to your advantage.

Be confident  

Easier said than done, some of us are born with mounds of confidence while others find it hard to suggest a dinner spot to a group. Ultimately, however good an idea is, you won’t gain momentum unless you have the confidence to let the world know its importance, and place it at the centre of other people’s thoughts. Use your idea or project to drive your confidence, and don’t worry about who you are selling it to – a great concept delivered with enthusiasm and belief will grab attention.

Stay naïve

Hear me out! One of the most intriguing things I heard at OYW was that the perceived naivety of young people, often a deemed a negative trait, is actually one of the reasons young people have success; if you are naïve enough to take your idea somewhere that no one thinks will work, then ultimately you’ll have no competition, and who knows – it just might be the next best thing! So take ownership of your interests, bring your enthusiasm to a project or a role, and tell the world you’re ready to lead. More people will listen than you might think.

You can read more of our Deloitte One Young World experiences on LinkedIn.

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Posted on 24/10/2017 | 0 Comments

What does Pride mean to our people and Deloitte GLOBE

We've reached out to number of members from the Deloitte Globe Network to find about their plans for Pride in London 2017, and to find out more about their individual stories and any tips they can share for the parade!

Matt Matt batham deloiteBatham, Partner, Tax Consulting: The GLOBE network is important to make ourselves visible

 I joined Deloitte as a graduate in 1995 and I’m now a Partner in the Business Tax practice. I chose Deloitte because I wanted to be in professional services  and quite liked the idea of tax. I also wanted to live in London after attending University in Bath, having grown up in the Midlands , so it seemed like an obvious career choice to get some qualifications and develop professionally.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work on many exciting projects during my time here, and have been seconded to live overseas in the US twice. The first time was early in my career back in 1999 when I worked in the International Tax practice in Deloitte’s Chicago office. Then more recently in 2009, my family and I moved to New York for a couple of years.   I loved living and working in both places, but think Chicago is such a great city that I would love to return their to love some time.

I was asked to join the GLOBE network when it was established in 2007. It’s quite interesting because at the time it didn’t feel that important to me. Personally I didn’t think we needed the network, but I was convinced by one of the founders,  that it was essential to have a network that brought together LGBT colleagues and allies. GLOBE plays a key role in creating an inclusive environment where people can be themselves at work. 

Pride shows how far our society has come in terms of the acceptance of LGBT people, but it’s also a good time to reflect on how far there is to go. Not only in London, but more critically, in other parts of the world. We can take a lot of what we have for granted

Margaret Scott, Director, Risk Advisory: We’ve really got to get the whole firm thinking that this is everyone’s concern.

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The GLOBE network is a really good way of doing two things. It supports people in the firm who don’t feel comfortable coming out at work, particularly if they have concerns about what it could mean for them – it gives them a way to hear about others’ experiences and how they have gone about it.

Secondly, I’m really excited by the Allies Programme. People that aren’t LGBT can be visible allies: they can show their support in an easy way – by coming to GLOBE events, or by using a GLOBE mug or notebook. It means that our LGBT colleagues feel supported without having to ask – which is so important.  We’ve really got to get the whole firm thinking that this is everyone’s concern and the allies programme is a first step in achieving that.

I have been at Deloitte for 17 years, joining as a graduate. I chose this firm because I knew it was a way of getting a good qualification in finance – but also because I loved the people I met during the recruitment process. In all that time, the project I’ve enjoyed the most, and found the most challenging and exciting, was our work with one of the large national public health bodies. I was seconded to Leeds for a year and a half to help set up the organisation, recruit the finance team and figure out what it was they were going to do. That was a really good experience.

Pride is a philosophy I’m quite close to. It’s really good fun; such a fantastic day. People bring their kids along and it’s just brilliant – but still has an important message today in these uncertain political times.

Will Black, Manager, Clients & Market: Honest from day one

Will Black0048I’d been in public relations for a while, previously working for charities and trade bodies. Four years ago, I felt the time was right to broaden my experience with a move into the corporate world, so I applied for a position in the Press Office at Deloitte. It’s been quite refreshing to come into this arena in my mid-30s. The expectations at Deloitte are high, but it’s a very nice and supportive work environment.

It was really important to me to join the GLOBE network; so I joined as soon as I started at Deloitte. In every working environment I’d been in previously, I’d held back my sexuality. If asked what I did at the weekend, I would fudge it to make it unspecific to having a male partner. But I was tired of that. By joining Deloitte, I felt this was the time and place to be honest from day one.

Attending Pride is also vital. Everyone should be reminded of the history, and how important it is to be able to march on one day and think about our rights. So many people before us led very unhappy and closeted lives, where they couldn’t be themselves. The thing I find most moving about the march is all the support from the spectators.

George Simons, Analyst, Consulting: GLOBE is a strong community

Deloitte’s GLOBE network is a strong community that sends the message: I can be who I want to be at work; it makes me feel I can be out and proud here.

George Simons (Professional high res)_editI first came into contact with GLOBE at an LGBT recruitment fair I ran at my university, UCL, where I met GLOBE co-chairs Emily Sendall and Tom Kohler. After that, I experienced what it’s like to be LGBT in the workplace at Deloitte’s LGBT Insight Day for students. When I joined, I pretty much signed up to GLOBE on my first day.

I started on the Graduate Programme in September 2016. But my experience of working at Deloitte began three years ago, with a summer job. Everyone treated me really well and it was a great environment. Plus consulting really appealed to me for the type of work I could do and the opportunities it offered. Deloitte felt like a good fit.

Since then, the most exciting project I’ve worked on has been our global CIO programme. I got to work with our global technology leader and help define and develop how we communicate Deloitte technology to senior executives at some of the world’s largest organisations. What it is, how it fits in the market, where it invests, and where it’s going in the future. It was incredible exposure to the most senior people in the business.

London Pride is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s really important as a celebration of who we are, but it’s also one of the only times our community comes together. If you’re going to Pride for the first time: enjoy yourself, appreciate every aspect of the community and eat and drink to your heart’s content!

Mihaela Jembei, Consultant, Risk Advisory: Acceptance and support is important

Mihaela Jembei0289Deloitte has an inclusive culture; it’s open to women and people from different backgrounds in terms of education, race and sexuality. I’d heard lots of great things about the firm, from people at my university, King’s College London, and outside. Deloitte’s inclusivity was a differentiating factor for me.

I joined the Graduate Programme in September 2016, as a Consultant in the Cyber department within Risk Advisory. Cyber involves many different things and is often in the news. I can debunk the myth that you need very technical skills to work here; you don’t. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m so happy I decided to work here.

I joined the GLOBE network quite recently, as I want to attend Pride this year. It will be my first time, despite living in London for almost 4 years. I also want to get to know more people from outside my department; to find likeminded people across the firm. GLOBE matters to me. I’m from Moldova, where views about Pride are different. Being who you are, having acceptance and support, and not being afraid of repercussions is important. Being able to express yourself is often overlooked, but it’s such an important thing. GLOBE is a great avenue for that.

Of course, London is one of the best places in the world to express yourself. I’ve heard amazing things about Pride. For me, it’s the next step in standing up for who I am, by joining other people in a celebration of love and happiness.

Laurie Rutter, Analyst, Consulting: Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to actually get involved

Laurie Rutter1A couple of years ago, I stood at the side of Regents Street watching people walk past but I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never properly been involved in Pride before. Being at Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to get more involved this year and I can’t wait – it’s going to be fun!

I joined Deloitte as a graduate in September 2016. Before then, I spent two years working at a start-up. It was a fantastic opportunity and a difficult decision to leave, but I decided to join Deloitte to get more formal training, to meet more people and work on a variety of projects.

I signed up to GLOBE as soon as I joined the firm. I’d previously attended a GLOBE Insight Day and I guess it was one of the reasons I was keen to join Deloitte. Since then, I’ve been involved in our buddy scheme - anyone who joins GLOBE can request a buddy and I pair them up with an existing GLOBE member.

But the main thing I’ve been doing with GLOBE is helping to improve trans inclusion at the firm. Deloitte recently launched a gender expression and transition policy to support employees who identify as anything other than cisgender, which basically means born female and identify as female, or vice versa.

I was involved in launching the policy in March this year. Since then, we’ve run two trans awareness training sessions with R&I advisors, HR, legal and some volunteers from the GLOBE steering committee. They have become our trans champions. The next step is to spread awareness and encourage inclusion at the firm more widely.

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Posted on 26/06/2017 | 0 Comments

Graduate Case Study: "I felt included from day one"

We caught up with our very own Jess Holden on what work life is like as a Graduate in Audit & Assurance and the experiences she has been through so far. Jess graduated from Durham University with combined Honours in Arts (History and Economics) in June 2016. She joined Deloitte in September 2016 and is currently based in our Edinburgh office. Curious about what she has to say? Check out her accounts below:

IMG_0259What does your day-to-day role involve?
I work as part of one of the larger teams in Deloitte’s Edinburgh office, auditing an investment management company. Day-to-day I am out at the client site, with the rest of the team. I started with no prior audit experience, but everyone was willing to find time to explain things, and answer any questions. We have regular catch-ups within the team to check on everyone’s process, which made me feel included from day one. Importantly, Deloitte’s graduates interact with clients right from the start of the programme. It’s great to know that work you’re doing is actually contributing to the wider audit.

Did you feel ready to be working with clients on real projects so soon after joining?
It may sound daunting, but everyone is supportive and will make sure you’re prepared to go to the client with any issues. The good thing about working on such a big team is that you are always learning, and can pick up new skills as you go along. So far I've also spent 50% of my time at ICAS [the Instituted of Chartered Accountants of Scotland] studying for my chartered accountancy exams. Deloitte is really supportive of this, and I get to pretend I’m still a student for a little while longer!

Why did you choose to apply to Deloitte?
I applied to Deloitte at the start of my final year at Durham University, as the challenge of working for a company at the top of its game particularly appealed. Then the more research I did about the firm throughout the application process, the more I found it to be a friendly and approachable place that really cared about its people. I felt working for Deloitte would not only be the initial challenge I hoped for, but would also help me develop my skills and forge a successful career long-term.

How did you find Deloitte’s application process?
The application process was fast and fairly straightforward in comparison to others I’ve experienced. I found a lot of guidance on the Deloitte website, which helped me answer the initial application questions. Once I’d got through the first few rounds of online tests, the process was all with real people at the Edinburgh Office.

What were your interviews like?
The manager at my interview was friendly and put me at ease straight away. It felt they really wanted to get to know me, and answered all my questions about the firm and the role. For the Partner interview I had to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on audit rotation. At first this seemed a little daunting. But again, in reality, I found the Partner to be friendly and approachable and interested in the points I put forward. The rest of the interview was relaxed and chatty, which gave me a good impression of the welcoming nature of the firm. Importantly, I heard back after each round the very next day. And, when I was eventually offered a place on the Deloitte graduate programme, the manager who conducted my first round interview reached out to congratulate me personally. It was a small but nice touch that gave me a really good feeling about joining Deloitte.

What advice would you give to graduates considering applying to Deloitte?
Make sure you do your research, but no-one’s expecting you to know everything about Deloitte or the role. The important thing is just to be yourself, and show your enthusiasm for the role you’re applying for. And don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions.

What do you like most about working at Deloitte?
The people are what makes it. Both as a year group of grads, and within my team, the people have been welcoming, approachable and friendly. Like any job, we sometimes have to work long hours, but the team spirit is always high. Working for a large company such as Deloitte also has the social benefits too. Whether it is team drinks, an office-wide 10k or even touch rugby, there’s always something going on.

What’s your next step?
Once I’ve qualified, I plan to take advantage of the global nature of Deloitte; hopefully taking part in the secondment programme that offers the chance to work in other offices across the world. After that I am unsure, but I know that whatever happens there are so many different opportunities available within Deloitte itself. I am also confident that the skills I have developed so far, and will continue to develop throughout my time at Deloitte, will provide numerous opportunities to further my career in the future.

Up for a challenge and a career in Audit & Assurance? Here's your opportunity to find out more about joining us and work with friendly and approachable people from senior management to graduates.

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Posted on 20/06/2017 | 0 Comments

Key tips for getting a job in programming

We've asked our Deloitte Digital colleagues to give us a quick tip sheet for those looking at a career in programming.

Eóin and Jacob are our resident iOS developers who specialises in user-experience-focused apps. From flying drones in North Wales, to attending LGBTQ late opening and working recruit new graduates to join Deloitte Digital so there's never a dull day!

Get ready, here's their insights and tips to starting a career in programming:

  1. Interest in Coding - As an engineering applicant you need to be able to code some. But if you didn’t do it at university, proving you’re interested by teaching yourself is a great way to get an edge. Use Udacity, Big Nerd Ranch or Ray Wenderlich for beginner-level tutorials. Showcase your projects and get inspiration from others with GitHub.
  2. Commercial Awareness - Be sure to keep up-to-date on recent business news and understand current world events. Read the Financial Times or the Economist critically to develop this.
  3. Work Experience - For many places, this is a must as it proves you can operate in a workplace environment.
  4. Extra Curricular Activities - Have you been in a band? Have you helped run a society at university? Played in a sports team? All of these show dedication and develop key soft skills.
  5. Previous Entrepreneurial Endeavours - Selling t-shirts on your website or making profit on an event you set up all count!
  6. Being Friendly & Approachable - The seemingly banal trait of being a nice person actually goes a long long way in landing a job at Deloitte.

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Posted on 19/06/2017 | 1 Comments

Callum Keating's life-changing decision to join an apprenticeship

As an 18 year old, I understand the life-changing decisions that school leavers face. That’s why I want to give an insight into what it’s really like to make the jump from school to the world of work. Here’s the story of my first few exciting months as a Deloitte apprentice.

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At first I was very sceptical about my future. The majority of my friends were applying for University, attending open days, and anticipating an exciting three years in a completely new environment. But something didn’t feel right for me; my gut instinct stopped me from applying. If you feel University isn’t for you, it’s good to know that there are other fantastic opportunities that can lead to a successful career.

Why Deloitte?
Deloitte intrigued me. Having spoken to people who’d worked at the firm for a while, it was clear that the opportunities here were endless. And I just knew that applying (and hopefully being accepted) would go on to be the best thing I ever did. The recruitment process was challenging, but definitely enjoyable. We were able to speak to the previous intake of apprentices during the assessment day, which helped ease my nerves and gave me some pointers for the interview. Not only was the whole assessment day really well organised, but the communication prior to the day itself was really calming.

A positive start
From the outset, I’ve felt trusted and treated like an adult. For example, we were all invited to a 3-day induction away from home, in Liverpool. This was a great opportunity to get to know each other and build a strong bond before entering the office environment. And it was a perfect way to start the 12-month apprenticeship.

Easing in to our first week
There’s no need to worry about being thrown straight in the deep end. Although the work is challenging, you’re eased into working full-time and taking on tasks by yourself. We were given a group project to start with, which tested our team work and initiative – two very important skills for every successful Deloitte employee. For some, the dress code can be a worry, but you can wear anything ‘Business Casual’, from shirt and trousers to a full suit.

Plenty of support
Every apprentice is supported by a mentor, throughout their apprenticeship. Your mentor can answer any questions you have, from general queries about a task to your future career prospects. You name it; they’ll find an answer to it. This has really helped me with my progression and has inspired me to become a mentor in the near future.
College work and the qualification

Part of the Entry-Level apprenticeship involves studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration. The course is very enjoyable and college lessons (once a fortnight) are relaxed, yet informative. Every other Tuesday, you are given time to revise, and I find this very beneficial.

I’ve never felt under pressure or unable to attain excellent college results. This is because we have great resources. We have full access to the college, including the library, which is stocked with course-related material. We’re given brand new tablets to access online revision material and contribute to our e-Portfolio. And we have dedicated time to study as a group – I found this a very effective revision tool.

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I was unsure what to expect in terms of the workload, but I soon found out and adapted to the Engagement Support Centre’s system. You’re an assistant for certain engagement teams around the UK, but can end up completing tasks for colleagues all over the world.

If work coming in from your teams is minimal, you can ask the assigners for ad-hoc opportunities. This exposes you to a very wide range of tasks: anything from running reports to booking hotels. The variety is one of the main reasons I feel this apprenticeship is a great way to kick start your career.

Great networking
Expanding your network starts on your very first day – at induction. It was a bit like the TV show ‘The Apprentice’, as we were given a task to complete with people from all over the UK, who we’d never met before. This was really enjoyable and brought us Cardiff Apprentices even closer; they feel like friends I’ve had forever.

Since then, I’ve been asked to travel to London to assist with a new Excel system that analyses Budget to Actual Hours. This was an exciting opportunity for me, as I’d never travelled to London on my own before. And I got the chance to speak to lots of people and find out how the work varies from office to office. Opportunities like this don’t come around often for 18 year olds.

An amazing chance to make an impact
If you’re willing to work hard, and want to make an impact, this could well be for you. You don’t have to go to University; there are amazing alternative opportunities and the Deloitte Apprenticeships are definitely one of them.

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Posted on 10/04/2017 | 0 Comments

Lauren Hughes apprenticeship experience in Cardiff

What’s it like to join Deloitte as an apprentice?

 My name’s Lauren and here’s my story.

I’m part of the 2016 Entry-level apprenticeship scheme, based in Cardiff. Although I’ve only been with the firm a short while, I’ve enjoyed every second of my time on the scheme.

I have met so many people since starting and gained so much knowledge, from colleagues, inductions and my college work.Lauren Hughes Photo

Dyslexia didn’t hold me back
The apprenticeship recruitment process was pretty thorough, which meant it was long, but very rewarding. Because I have dyslexia, I didn’t really think I’d get through it; I really lacked confidence, so I was completely humbled when I was shortlisted. In total, eleven of us were successful. Now we’re all together on the apprenticeship, supporting each other, and we all get along well.

Getting to know each other
We spent the first three days of the apprenticeship on induction in Liverpool, with Deloitte apprentices from all over the UK. It was exciting to meet all these new people and get to know each other.

The programme was amazingly well prepared and choreographed, with a presenter who was brilliantly engaging. We were given tasks to complete in groups, with people we’d only just met, and we were never in the same group more than once. This meant we got to meet everyone and share ideas. My only regret is that we didn’t swap details; I’d really like to have stayed in contact and built relationships with colleagues across the country. If I had my time again…

London calling
Our final induction included an overnight stay in London. This was completely different to Liverpool, as we were left to our own devices. That meant navigating the tube, and the hotel lift… no really, you’d be surprised how long that took to work out!  But between the eleven of us, we finally got to our rooms.

Our office
Now we’ve settled in to work. And it’s such a friendly office. I know everyone on my floor and have already had many opportunities for extra responsibility and progression. It’s wonderful to feel part of something, to feel equal and in the same place as everyone else. We get on so well as a team.

Another bonus is – as well as free tea and coffee – we get free fruit, as they encourage healthy eating here. It’s a small thing that makes a big difference.

Cardiff Apprentice Group Pic_croppedWe’re studying hard too
As well as on-the-job experience, we work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration too. To pass the apprenticeship, we need to achieve 58 credits or more. So far, we’ve sat a 15-question exam on ‘employee rights and responsibilities’, which covered things like business laws and policies, as well as minimum wage and equality in the workplace.

Currently, we’re working towards ‘principles of business communication and information’. This includes different types of business documents, and good and bad practice involved. It’s all useful and interesting stuff.

My future opportunities
Once I’ve completed my apprenticeship, my options are open. I can stay here in Cardiff and continue to build on my knowledge and experience. Or I could apply to join the BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship scheme. Which means working towards becoming fully qualified in a professional field. I’ve decided I’d like to continue in the office, until I have enough knowledge and confidence to progress.

The Best Bits
My Deloitte apprenticeship so far has been a wonderful experience. I’ve already progressed, met so many people, and developed many skills. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in developing and learning in a supportive environment. Even if you’re not confident, apply; you’ll find you’ve got more abilities than you might think. And it opens up so many opportunities.

Diolch am darllen :)

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Posted on 10/04/2017 | 0 Comments

Positive impact of agile working in our Newcastle office

Laura Harvey is a Professional Standards Review (PSR) manager in the Newcastle office. Since joining the firm in 2015 she has worked on a part-time basis and comes into the office only three days a week so that she can spend more time with her children. She flexes her work hours to arrive and leave an hour earlier than standard office hours, working from 8am to 4.30pm instead of 9am to 5.30pm.

Laura says, “The Deloitte agile working approach allows me to maximise the amount of quality time I get to spend with my two young children, whilst maintaining the career I worked so hard to achieve. I really do believe that I have the best of both worlds and a healthy balance that works for both me and my family. I think it’s incredibly innovative to recognise and appreciate that a ‘one size fits all’ contract could mean missing out on some of the best talent in the market and ultimately impact upon staff morale.”

Since its introduction in June 2014, agile working has proven to be one of the most popular and innovative ways in which Deloitte has shaped its culture. From informally flexing working hours to formally changing contracted work days and hours, agile working covers a broad spectrum of options and can be tailored to fit all kinds of lifestyles. It is a concrete example of Deloitte’s commitment to an agile and inclusive working environment that benefits both the firm and its employees.

Agile working is based on the three core principles of trust & respect, focus on output and open two-way communication.

Trust & respect

The approach nurtures a relationship of trust and respect between Deloitte and its employees. It gives employees the freedom to tailor their working arrangements so they can enjoy non-work commitments and priorities, but also ensure they’re delivering the quality output the firm expects of them. Deloitte recognises that employees who feel trusted to manage their work deliverables flexibly are more inclined to perform at their best in the workplace.

Agile working allows flexibility and even reduced hours, but this is not driven by a lack of commitment or interest in the job. Before adopting an agile working arrangement, staff must carefully consider the impact of their proposed work arrangements on their respective teams and on their job performance.

Laura is of course not the only employee to grasp the opportunities afforded by agile working:

Carey Stuart from the Newcastle office works two full days a week in the office and two mornings at home to fit in with her children’s school and pre-school hours. She enjoys being able to do the school runs three days a week, to still have some quality time with her family, while enjoying the challenges and stimulation that work provides.

“For me, our agile working approach is key to ensuring we’re retaining a very talented and dedicated pool of people that, for one reason or another, don’t want to (or can’t) have the working hours of a full time role. The reduction in hours does not show less dedication to your job. It’s purely that you are sharing that dedication with another part of your life right now. Being able to maintain the balance of work life and home life, and not prioritising one over the other, is extremely valuable and I feel very fortunate that I’ve found a role at Deloitte that allows me to do that,” says Carey, a PSR senior manager.

Focus on output

Deloitte holds the view that performance should be based on the quality of work and not on the number of hours spent in the office. Although everyone has a contracted workplace, there is an option to work from any Deloitte office, from a client site, from home or even at a public location as long as this does not cause any conflict with the firm’s privacy and security policies.

“Giving people the freedom of agile working doesn’t automatically mean that everyone disappears from the office. Being given this option means that, when I do need to work away from the office, there is no stress or worry attached to not being sat my desk. I think our agile working culture also erodes the negative impact that presenteeism can have: lots of us aren’t at our desk all hours of the day and it is recognised that our teams can be equally or more productive when working in an agile way. What this has meant for me this year, during my wife’s pregnancy, is that I have been able to attend whatever medical appointments she had and make up for the time I missed later in the day” shares David Robinson, a PSR manager in Newcastle.

While agile working has helped a lot of working parents within the firm, the option is not limited to them. It is open to all employees who wish to achieve a good balance between their work and personal commitments.

Taisheen Anver Khan, a PSR manager from the London office, appreciated how agile working was beneficial during Ramadan: “Agile working was helpful, as my sleeping and eating patterns varied from normal.”

Open two-way communication

Having open two-way communication is key to making agile working a success. The firm encourages employees to discuss proposed changes in working arrangements openly with their manager to achieve a solution that works for everyone. Formal changes have trial periods and working arrangements are continuously under review to ensure the arrangement is working for all parties.

Suzanne Green, a Newcastle PSR manager, says “Agile working was a key factor in choosing my current job. At the moment I can easily flex my hours to fit in everything from fitness classes to visiting my family who live over 200 miles away, by keeping my team at work informed about my schedule.”

Over the two and a half years that agile working has been in place, early indications are that it has had a measurable positive impact on employee engagement. The firm is continuing to monitor the effectiveness of its flexible working strategy and is committed to improving the experience for all its people.

Read more of our agile working stories here.

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Posted on 26/01/2017 | 0 Comments

Rob Young, winner of 2015-16 CAVC Apprenticeship Award

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It was a proud night for our colleagues in Wales as one of their apprentices took home the Apprentice Award.


Rob Young joined Deloitte in September 2015 as part of the newly created Cardiff Apprenticeship programme. Our partnership with Cardiff & Vale College (CAVC) allows us to offer on-the-job business administration experience to people across the region. Rob joined the Tax GES Centre of Excellence Team in Cardiff on a 12-month apprenticeship.


Red carpet moment


Fast forward 12 months: Rob was chosen from CAVC learners across all curriculum areas for his outstanding achievements in the year, and took home the Apprenticeship Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations!


What’s next? Rob successfully applied to the Audit BrightStart programme which started in September 2016. It combines on-the-job learning with study towards a professional qualification, and comes with a salary and benefits too.


Good to know

We know that a traditional university degree is not right for everyone. If you know someone that would rather get a head start in their career and start earning while they learn, BrightStart may well be a better option – find out more.

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Posted on 01/11/2016 | 1 Comments

Test your problem solving skills: Forensic Technology Challenge #4

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Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, every month we post a new challenge created by the Forensic Technology team, focusing on logical, analytical and coding problems.


Analysing data for patterns/trends is an important part of what we do in Forensic Technology. With this in mind we have returned to our programming roots for this month’s challenge. Can you write a script to solve the below…?


i) What are the factors of 379065191139531?

ii) What connects 35432488 with these numbers: 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531

We’ll be posting our Python based solution next month at which point we will bid you farewell for the year. We hope to be back next year with more puzzles but in a different format so make sure you keep an eye out for our return!

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What's the answer?

For the final time this year we present our solution to the challenge we have set you:

i) Below is the code we used in Python 3.5 to calculate the factors of 379065191139531:

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ii) As alluded to in part i) the first step to solving ii) is to get the factors of 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531. The next part is not so obvious. First we need the common factors of the 3 numbers we were just looking at. Then with some outside-the-box thinking we sum over these common factors to arrive at 35432488.

The code to do this is below:

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We hope to be back next year bigger and better so keep a look out for future posts.

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Posted on 27/10/2016 | 0 Comments