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Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customers and clients, and by geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 83,500 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

5 N Colonnade, London, E14 4BB
Industry Financial Services
Company size:   10,001+ employees
Industry:   Financial Services
Company Details
5 N Colonnade
E14 4BB

Barclays strive to have an inclusive organisation and work environment for its employees. The organisation have introduced an initiative called 'dynamic working', which improves inclusivity in the workplace, emphasising how you work rather than how many hours are spent in the office. Barclays recognises the positive impact that agile working can have on productivity and engagement of their employees.

What we love about Barclays:

💡The dynamic working initiative empowers colleagues to control their schedules and workload. 

💡Barclays recognise that flexible working isn't just be for parents and carers and instead, Dynamic Working is inclusive for all individuals regardless of their needs and lifestyle.

Articles about Barclays:

💡Barclays chief executive: Flexible working will become the norm 

💡Flexible working will be norm after lockdown, say Barclays and WPP bosses

Flexible Working Approach

At Barclays we have a clearly defined ambition to be an inclusive organisation where every individual has the opportunity to discover and reach their potential. We recognise that the world is changing.

To be truly inclusive we have to embrace change and understand the role we play in business, society and the community. To make this happen, we have embedded flexible working to support colleagues across generations, gender, sexual orientation and every aspect of diversity.

We’re committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment. This environment recognises and supports personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business.

Allowing and encouraging colleagues to work flexibly means:

1. Balancing and integrating work and other life commitments

2. Enhancing wellbeing and effectiveness at work

3. Our colleagues feel included, whatever their personal circumstances

We think our approach to flexible working also made the transition to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic easier to embed across the organisation because it has accelerated the understanding and acceptance of working remotely and flexibly. We have been able to harness a broad range of resources, including our established approach to wellbeing, to support colleagues’ mental and physical health. 

Solutions that benefit everyone

Across Barclays, colleagues are choosing to work flexibly or take advantage of some of the employee benefits we provide to achieve a better work/life balance – and it’s benefiting business, too. Here are just a few stories from real colleagues.

Amanda Potter: Teaching Greek mythology, completing my PhD and being a Research Fellow, all because of Dynamic Working.  Having a flexible approach to the working day helps me to manage my work, research and Citizenship commitments.

Mark Young: Dynamic Working allowed me to provide the necessary practical and emotional support to my daughter through her GCSEs. I’m a proud father, who thankfully got a career break to support my daughter at a pivotal time as she was approaching her exams.

Yvonne Morris: Dynamic Working to de-stress and get organised with my step-dad’s care. Now I work four days a week, with Wednesdays off. I can take my time and organise things properly, instead of trying to squeeze it into my lunch hour.

Michael Stevens: Dynamic Working helped me lose eight stone, and helped my daughter pursue her football passion. A doctor told me that by losing the weight I had probably added 20 years back onto my life… Had it not been for Barclays allowing me to spend time with my daughter to play football I might not have changed my lifestyle.

Sharon Davies: Dynamic Working provided me the opportunity to take a career break. As a breast cancer survivor, taking a break allowed me to continue to heal.

Shazia Choudary: Dynamic Working allowed me to observe Ramadan and keep up with my family commitments. As a direct result of my flexible arrangements at work, I was able to enjoy an adequate amount of rest and still be productive at work.


Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Agile Working: This method of work gives employees the option to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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