Flexible working increasingly the norm for financial services firms 0

Commuters walking into the central financial business district of London's DocklandsFlexible working is on the way to becoming the norm in financial services with the average employee spending 39 percent of their time working remotely, according to new research from tech consultancy Intercity Technology. The company surveyed a mere 100 employees from different organisations within the financial services market to gain insight into their workplace habits so you may want to treat this carefully. The respondents also thought this proportion of time spent remote working would increase in the next two years to 41 percent, with an ever increasing adoption of technology-led solutions in the workplace. Additionally, the surveys suggests that 70 percent of employees believe using a device of their own choosing positively impacts the way they work with their colleagues, with the biggest specific benefits identified as flexibility (51 percent), more productivity (42 percent) and improved collaboration (33 percent).

The survey also claims there is a real appetite from personnel in the financial services sector to better use technology, with 84 percent adamant that technology has the scope to make them more productive than they currently are. They claimed that productivity could increase by 36 percent with the optimal use of technology, and respondents were split on what they would do with this saved time, with 39 percent suggesting admin tasks, 37 percent personal development and 28 percent innovating.