Revolut, the $5.5 billion fintech startup, says it will let its 2,000 staff work abroad for 60 days a year

Revolut's London office.
Staff working in Revolut’s London office.

  • UK fintech Revolut, valued at $5.5 billion, plans to let its more than 2,000 staff work overseas for up to 60 days a year.
  • The policy, announced Thursday, follows demand from staff to work abroad, and is due to roll out once travel restrictions lift.
  • In a survey, Revolut staff said working from home hadn’t reduced their productivity.
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Staff at UK fintech Revolut, one of Europe’s biggest startups, will soon be able to work abroad for up to two months each year, the company said Thursday.

The policy would apply to all of the company’s more than 2,000 employees, it said.

“Revolut staff members who wish to work outside their country of employment for personal and non-business related reasons, will be able to do so for a period of up to 60 calendar days over a rolling 12 months,” Revolut said in a statement shared with Insider.

Bloomberg first reported on the news.

The policy was set to start once COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased, and would comply with guidelines from national health authorities, Revolut said.

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Revolut, which was valued at $5.5 billion last year, making it the UK’s most valuable fintech, said it designed the policy following requests from staff who wanted to visit family abroad.

“Our employees asked for flexibility and that’s what we’re giving them,” Jim MacDougall, Revolut’s VP of people, said in the statement.

Revolut has faced criticism for the way it treats its staff. A 2019 Wired report into the company’s work culture found high staff turnover and burnout among workers. Some applicants were also asked to work for free, according to the report. Revolut declined to comment at the time on specific points in the report, but said its “culture is evolving as rapidly as our business.”

In February, Revolut piloted a hybrid working model that let staff choose between working from home and in the office, and said it was repurposing all its offices as flexible collaborative spaces.

After a survey of its staff, Revolut said more than one-third wanted an entirely remote job, and just over half wanted to work from home between two and four days a week. Just 2% of staff said they would like to return to the office full-time.

Revolut's London office.
Revolut said its survey found that working from home didn’t affect staff’s ability to work as a team.

It added that 95% of respondents said that working from home either didn’t impact their personal productivity or had a positive impact on it, while the figure was 89% for team collaboration.

There is growing momentum for companies to let employees work from home permanently, leading to some companies canceling office leases.

Google is taking the opposite approach: In March, the tech giant announced plans to invest $7 billion in US offices and data centers, including new offices in Houston, Texas, and Portland, Oregon.

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up across the US, some companies are considering making vaccinations mandatory for staff, which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says they’re within their rights to do.

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Revolut is operating as a bank in 10 Central European countries, and hopes to do so across the continent

Revolut has been operating as a bank in Poland and Lithuania since last year.

  • Revolut has launched as a bank in 10 Central European countries using a Lithuanian banking license.
  • The startup has also applied for a UK banking license and hopes to achieve profitability this year.
  • Revolut broke even in December and was valued at $5.5 billion in 2020 after raising $500 million.
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Revolut has started operating as a bank in 10 Central European countries.

Using a license issued in Lithuania, Revolut Bank will operate in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The British-born startup and financial app has been operating as a bank in Poland and Lithuania since last year while maintaining its services in other European countries using its e-money license.

Revolut started 15 years ago as a service for withdrawing money outside users’ home country without commissions, exchanging currencies at a more favorable exchange rate than with banks, and making payments between friends.

In February last year, Revolut was valued at $5.5 billion after raising $500 million from TCV, a Silicon Valley growth fund.

The neobank has been adding to its services with more insurance options, a cryptocurrencies news feature, and the ability to split bills with non-Revolut users.

The advantage of a banking license is that it allows Revolut to be used for deposits, while e-money licenses mean Revolut serves as more of a wallet for its users.

After Brexit, the company moved its license from the UK to Lithuania in order to continue operating in European markets. However, Revolut has also applied for a UK banking license to improve its profitability.

“Revolut is now the fastest growing fintech company in Europe because we put the customer at the heart of everything that we do. Our product design is second to none, we have no hidden fees, and we are constantly building new and innovative financial products,” Revolut Bank CEO Virgilijus MirkÄ—s said in a statement.

“Launching the bank in ten new European markets will provide a greater level of security and confidence for our customers, and will enable us to launch a host of new products and services in the near future,” he added.

In December 2020, the company broke even following a 40% revenue decrease earlier in the pandemic, suggesting that profitability may soon be on the cards.

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