PwC's chairman responds to the Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation report

Published at 13:49 PM on 16 November 2016

Commenting on the findings of The Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation report on social mobility, Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, said:

“We back the Social Mobility Commission report’s findings and the important systemic issues that it raises. At PwC we are committed to taking action to make our profession more open to all.

“By removing UCAS scores as entry criteria for the majority of our graduate roles we saw an improvement in the diversity of our graduate intake. We need to ensure that practical steps to break down barriers are taken. You can see the social backgrounds of our latest graduate intake here.

“Our experience is that to get more people into high quality employment we need to start much earlier with raising aspiration and awareness in schools. We also need to work across the UK so that we end the myth that all professional careers need to be in London. Last year half of our graduate roles were outside of London. Other practical steps include opening different routes into our profession, such as apprenticeships, expanding the number of schools we visit, providing high-quality paid internships and offering mentoring to local communities.

“Businesses, universities, schools and the government all need to work together to make sure that high quality jobs are available and accessible to all, and that everyone knows about the opportunities available. It is only by working together and making some bold changes that we will be able to break down some of the social barriers that unfortunately still exist.”

ENDS

1. For more information, contact Amy Tiernan, 020 7804 0556, [email protected] or visit our annual report here.


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