Recently, Permanent TSB has announced plans to recruit for 180 new roles as it invests in its key growth areas like business banking, technology, data analytics, risk management and digital infrastructure. The new hires will be supporting the rollout of the bank’s next phase of digital and SME growth strategy.
In addition to expanding its team, Permanent TSB has also introduced new arrangements to support hybrid working for its employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The bank said that over 1200 of its workforce, which represents almost half of its total employees, have requested permanent flexible work arrangements.
Employees of Permanent TSB will have the flexibility to work from home up to three days every week, adopt a four-day week culture, and take advantage of job sharing to have reduced weekly hours. Furthermore, the bank even plans to create new remote working hubs in Maynooth, Greystones, Douglas, and Dundalk to reduce the commuting times of some employees.
Permanent TSB’s headquarters in St Stephen’s Green will also see new working conditions for facilitating collaboration between the people on-site and those who are working remotely. Certain positions will also be decentralized to make them more accessible to those people outside of Dublin and the greater Dublin area and the bank said it is investing in the newest home-working technology.
Ger Mitchell, Chief Human Resources Officer, Permanent TSB, said: “As an Irish company with people and community at the heart of our approach, we recognise the enormous efforts that our people have made since the onset of the pandemic to consistently demonstrate their commitment to serving our customers and communities at a time of great difficulty and challenge.”
Stating that employees have took enormous efforts for serving customers and communities throughout the pandemic, he said: “We are delighted to offer them flexibility in their working arrangements which has been made possible by our significant ongoing investment in technology.” He further added: “It is clear that this flexibility is needed and we are confident that it will result in an even better service for our customers and an enhanced work-life balance for our people.”
Permanent TSB said that the new hybrid working arrangements were designed after extensive consultation with union partners and employees. It intends to facilitate every applicant for flexible working arrangements that are subject to individual role specifications and business requirements.