UK Remote Work Trends 2022

A part of this article was first originally published on 19th of January, 2022 on Deel.

8th Jun 2022

One of our incredible partner’s Deel, has rounded up a list of major UK corporations who have made the move to flexible working.

The growth in the number of remote working roles is increasing fast. More and more companies are recognising the importance of flexible work arrangements and having accessibility to a larger talent pool. Candidates are also opting for roles that offer flexibility and a great team culture. 

Deel, have been keeping an eye on the global trends for remote work, as well as setting the standard themselves, and have put together a list of notable large companies that have recently adopted a remote-first, hybrid or flexible working model.

Flexible companies in the UK

Here are some highlights of who these companies are and how they have adapted to a new way of working.


Audit firm, PwC declared a flexible working policy in April 2021, they have also previously experimented with Friday evenings off across the Summer.


After successfully adopting a remote working model over the pandemic Deloitte announced it would completely embrace “ultra-flexible” work. Enabling employees to choose when, where, and how they work.


In a March 2021 survey, results showed the majority of KMPG staff said they preferred to work remotely. A flexible working arrangement was then introduced where staff could spread out four days of office work over two weeks. This has now been slightly adjusted to four days of office work over one week.


Engineer consultancy, Arup adopted a hybrid working model named “Work Unbound” enabling staff to work flexible hours. Arup continues to operate in the office two days a week and the other days can be worked from home.


UK Outsourcing provider, Capita announced it will be allowing a hybrid work model. The majority of workers will be spending most of their time working remotely. Reducing 25% of its office space.

British Airways

British Airways announced it would offer more flexible work arrangements. Employees will be able to split their time between home and the office. 

NatWest Group 

NatWest group made a promise to provide hybrid and remote working where possible. About 13% of staff would be required to work mostly from the office. 


In April 2021, HSBC allowed 1,200 call center employees to work permanently from home.


Unilever declared that its workers would never return to their desks full time. They had been piloting different working models in various countries. The goal for them is to offer all employees flexible employment options by 2030. Workers can take time to change career paths; and hybrid working arrangements such as a four-day work week.


UK construction company Wates adopts a flexible working policy for its 4,000 workers stating that all workers should be able to achieve work-life balance regardless of where they work. 


Asda, British supermarket chain, announced in July 2021 a permanent change to a hybrid working model for all office staff.

Flexible companies across the rest of the world


In a public memo the fintech company Brex, announced they would be remote-first, mentioning it was time to embrace the new way of working.


Coinbase became a remote-first company in May 2020, where most employees were given the opportunity to work outside of the office if they desired.


Dropbox published its strategy for remote working in October 2020. They announced their ‘Virtual First’ principles for making the company remote-first, encouraging flexible work schedules.


Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify became ‘digital by default’ in May 2020, with workers able to work remotely on a permanent basis. More than 6,000 members of staff are now working remotely. Shopify also states the policy will help them reach their net-zero carbon emissions goal. 


Our fantastic partner Deel has been remote from day one. They are a global payroll platform for remote teams, making it easy and compliant for companies to hire candidates within minutes from over 150 countries; and walk the talk when it comes to being truly fully-remote themselves.