Consultant News reports that KPMG has won the City Award at the Opportunity Now annual awards which recognise UK employers who demonstrate the most commitment to and innovation in creating workplaces where women can succeed. KPMG's flexible working programme includes shorter working weeks, home working, job share, unpaid leave, annualised days, career breaks, additional holiday purchase and 'glide' time - when the start and finish times of the working day can be adjusted. The article says that:
* Over three years, 15 percent of KPMG's workforce have applied to work flexibly
* 95 percent of women who return from maternity leave are still employed at KPMG after 12 months. Of those, one third work flexibly.
* The number of flexible working applications rises annually - up by 38 percent in 2006