327 posts categorised "Press releases"

19 May 2015

UK inflation goes negative for first time in 55 years

UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation turned negative in April, falling to -0.1%, according to data issued today from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That was a fall from the March CPI inflation rate of 0% and PwC says its 55 years since the last time UK CPI was...

13 May 2015

Unemployment down, employment up – but the prosperity gap remains.

In response to new labour market data released today, Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC’s chief economist in Northern Ireland, said: "The UK economy remains an incredible job creating machine, with employment rising by around 200,000 in the latest quarter, passing 31 million for the first time. “The employment rate also rose...

06 May 2015

Just how would employees spend a £500 workplace windfall?

Most employees would fund additional holiday leave or boost their pension if they were given a one-off £500 workplace bonus, according to research from PwC. Only around 17% of employees would opt to take the money as additional pay, PwC says. The survey of more than 2,400 employees found that,...

05 May 2015

PwC scraps UCAS points as entry criteria for graduate jobs

PwC, one of the UK's largest graduate employers and one of Northern Ireland’s top graduate recruiters, is to scrap the UCAS tariff as an entry criteria for its graduate scheme. The move that could drive radical changes in the social mobility and diversity of the professional services' industry, and how...

28 April 2015

Calling young N.Ireland technology companies – your Ignite information is here

Today we launched Ignite an accelerator programme intended to identify five young Northern Ireland technology companies and help them grow faster, sell further and perform better – and all at no cost to the successful companies. Lear more about Ignite… read the brochure here: Download Ignite_brochure And if you think...

Disappointing GDP growth ‘may be more of a wobble,’ says PwC

Today’s preliminary Quarter 1 GDP growth figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) may question the extreme optimism around the pace of UK recovery but they should be treated with caution, according to PwC. ONS says UK GDP halved in the first Quarter of this year; down to 0.3%...

PwC launches plan to Ignite Northern Ireland’s technology start-ups

PwC has launched a new accelerator programme for young Northern Ireland technology companies Five of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic, young technology businesses will be invited to join Ignite - a new programme that lets them accesses PwC expertise, advice and global networks to grow faster, sell further and perform better...

09 April 2015

Over 60% of Northern Ireland workers would use a company smartwatch

PwC research suggests that over half of UK workers would consider wearing a smartwatch from their employer if their data helped improve things such as working hours, stress levels and where they can work from. PwC’s research of over 2,000 working UK adults shows that four in 10 people would...

08 April 2015

10 years after the MG Rover collapse, PwC targets an extra £56m for creditors.

Its ten years today since Rob Hunt, Tony Lomas and Ian Powell were appointed as administrators of MG Rover Group, the Midlands -based car production giant. Whilst some car production still continues at the Longbridge site, the failure of MG Rover caused turmoil for workers, management and the government -...

02 April 2015

Northern Ireland economy- “times are tight, money is scarce, austerity is continuing.”

Northern Ireland continues to enjoy modest recovery and jobs growth, driven mainly by domestic consumption, according to the latest Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) from PwC. The report says that job creation has returned to almost the pre-recession level with almost 24,000 new jobs in the past 24 months, while...