KPMG's accountancy staff told their jobs are at risk via voicemail

   Mar 10, 1:08 pm

London, March 10 (ANI): Hundreds of workers in the accountancy branch of consultancy firm KPMG- once hailed as one of the 'best big companies to work for' - have been told by a pre-recorded message that their jobs could be at risk.

Five hundred of the company's management consultants were sent an email asking them to dial into a voicemail. When they did so they were greeted with an announcement revealing a redundancy programme.

The pre-recorded message then also mentioned the threat also extending to senior managers and directors working with private sector clients, it has been reported.

Senior partner Julian Thomas - who got a 683,000- pound bonus in January - recorded the voicemail.

"This is a message going out to all corporates. The corporate business is facing a challenging market... [we are] 51 per cent down on bottom line profitability compared with this time last year," the Daily Mail quoted Thomas as saying in the message.

"Unfortunately we are now in consultation with certain individuals at director and senior management level across corporates," he added.

There are 30 positions that are planned to go in this round of redundancies and a review is also under way in the company's marketing and communications division.

The insensitive voicemail redundancy announcement is at odds with KPMG's reputation as being popular with its workers.

For six consecutive years, the firm has been voted as 'one of the best companies to work for' by its own employees.

A spokesman for the company said all of those whose jobs were at risk were told personally and on a one-to-one level. (ANI)

Stressful work? 'Mood, productivity-improving' natural sounds may help May 20, 1:27 pm
Washington, May 20 (ANI): Now, you can reduce the stress at work by listening to "natural sounds" because a new study suggests that playing sounds like flowing water in offices can boost worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy.
Full Story
Only one in four of the world's workers have secure jobs: ILO report May 19, 4:44 pm
London, May 19 (ANI): A new International Labour Organization (ILO) report estimates that only a quarter of the world's workers are on permanent contracts, while the remaining three quarters are employed on temporary or short-term contracts, working informally often without any contract, are self-employed or are in unpaid family jobs.
Full Story
Working in shifts can cause disorder in sleep patterns May 19, 12:55 pm
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Working in shifts disrupts the normal cycle of employees, creating sleep-related health problems, finds a new study.
Full Story
Busy jobs don't necessarily make you active enough May 15, 3:27 pm
Washington, May 15 (ANI): A new study has suggested that even a busy job may not provide enough exercise to meet current activity recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY