New Delhi: Global accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will shut four of its 50 UK offices in Gatwick, Liverpool, Nottingham and Southampton as it reviews its real estate portfolio in the country.Also Read - Weight Loss Diet: What Are Negative Calorie Foods, 5 of Them to Include in Your Diet

However, it will retain all 500 staff based in those offices on working from home contracts. Also Read - India vs South Africa: Twitter Reacts After KL Rahul-Led Team Fails To Avoid 3-0 Whitewash Against Proteas

In an emailed statement published by news agency Reuters, Stephen Griggs, Deloitte’s UK managing partner, said, “COVID-19 has fast-tracked our future of work programme, leading us to review our real estate portfolio. Any proposed change is to our ‘bricks and mortar’, not our presence in these regions.” Also Read - Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli Stepping Down as Test Captain - 'Could Have Carried on For Two More Years'

He clearly stated that all staff based at the four locations slated for closure would continue to be employed by Deloitte under permanent work-from-home contracts.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deloitte, in April had cut UK partner salaries by 20% to protect jobs.

Other big firms that have been mulling to adopt working from home culture or downsizing office space include BP (BP). Earlier software giant Microsoft had decided to give an option to its employees to work from home permanently. According to the reports, the company doesn’t expect to reopen its US offices until January of next year at the earliest. But once it opens, staffers can opt for work from their residences permanently.