PwC to recruit around 1000 graduates for 2009 start dates nationwide

Published at 10:09 AM on 11 February 2009

  • PwC recruiting 1000 graduates this year nationwide
  • Up to 50% increase in applications
  • Basics haven’t changed: preparation is key, backed by proven academic performance
  • Accountancy profession benefiting from long term commitment to graduate recruitment

Commenting on the results of the AGR winter survey of graduate employers which found graduate recruiters predicting vacancy cuts, Sonja Stockton, head of student recruitment at the UK’s top graduate employer, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, said:

“For PwC it’s business as usual in terms of graduate recruitment. Competition for places is fierce and we’ve seen a 50% increase already this year.

“Students are listening even more closely than usual to our advice about the importance and value we place on experiences and skills that they have developed alongside a good-quality degree. During our campus visits, they are very keen to talk to us about how they can demonstrate those skills at interview and how they can stand out from other students.

“Clearly the downturn is encouraging more graduates to reassess their priorities and look for professional skills and training which will equip them for recession as well as growth periods.

“Our requirements haven’t changed. PwC are looking for drive, energy, commitment and proven intellectual rigour so that we can confidently invest in our people’s skills to last a lifetime.”

James Chalmers, partner, head of strategy and talent, PwC, further commented:

“Recruiting talent is not a switch you can flip on and off. We’re committed to graduate recruitment because we believe it’s a long term investment in the future of our business.”

PwC’s 2009 graduate recruitment campaign is recruiting for around 1000 full time and intern opportunities starting in April, June and September 2009 at locations nationwide.

An employability skills campaign launched in September, including an online test tool, booklet, and website has received an exceptional response from students at university campuses across the UK. The campaign challenges students to look beyond their academic achievement alone when thinking about their skills. An online assessment tool, booklet and website helps students identify the skills and achievements they have gained to complement their academic achievement, from experiences as varied as running a football team, to working in a bar, volunteering or an internship.


Notes to Editors:

1. The firm’s graduate and undergraduate opportunities are across the tax, advisory and assurance businesses and include: Graduate generalist programme working in tax or assurance to train as a chartered accountant; Graduate specialist programme, providing opportunities in strategy consulting and actuarial business with training for a relevant qualification; Six month paid summer business placements for undergraduate students; An eight week graduate internship summer programme. 2. PwC recruitment locations nationwide: London, Southampton, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Norwich, St Albans, Milton Keynes, Uxbridge, Reading, Gatwick East Midlands, Birmingham Gloucester, Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull, Newcastle, Leeds Guernsey, Jersey Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen Londonderry, Omagh, Dungannon, Armagh, Portadown, Belfast Isle of Man. 3. PricewaterhouseCoopers was voted the Top Graduate Employer for the fifth year in a row by students in 2008. This year the firm will recruit over 1000 graduates and interns in the UK, on specialist and generalist training schemes. Students joining the scheme can apply for a low interest loan of £7000 in addition to a flexible benefits package including 25 days holiday, private health care and pension. 4. PricewaterhouseCoopers 2009 graduate recruitment campaign began in September, visiting over 40 universities, recruiting for full time and intern opportunities starting in April, June and September 2009 at locations nationwide. 5. The 2009 PwC campaign - ‘Take F1VE’ – focuses on employability skills challenging students to think beyond their academic achievement. A booklet and website helps students identify the skills and achievements they have gained to complement their academic achievement, from experiences as varied as running a football team, to working in a bar, volunteering or an internship. The firm also provides a comprehensive programme of careers and interview advice, commercial awareness seminars and reception evenings at universities and office locations where students can find out about the firm’s graduate and undergraduate opportunities. The PwC ‘Take F1VE’ employability campaign resources can be viewed online PwC student careers: http://www.pwc.com/uk/eng/car-inexp/student/home.html PwC employability skills and assessment tool: http://www.pwc.com/uk/eng/car-inexp/student/employability.html 6. PricewaterhouseCoopers employs over 16,000 people in the UK, and over 1000 students were brought on board for training last year. 


For more information contact:

Rowena Mearley
Corporate PR Senior Manager, PwC 
Tel:020 7213 4727 
Mobile:07841 563 180 
 

Sonja Stockton
Head of student recruitment, PricewaterCoopers LLP 
Tel:0121 265 5585 

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