BT is attempting to cut costs by allowing its workers to take one-year sabbaticals in return for 25% of their normal pay.
The telco is trialling the programme in group-level operations such as finance and communications, with a wider roll out planned.
Because BT wants to improve customer services, front-line staff will not be given the opportunity to take a sabbatical. A BT spokesman said, "It is not something that will be rolled out to all 106,000 staff."
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He said the offer has already been taken up by some people but it is still early days.
"BT has a tradition of innovation for flexible working practices and is piloting a number of special leave options in order to reduce labour costs during these challenging economic times," said a BT statement.