Latest cohort of young recruits helps lift PwC’s regional staffing by 10.5%

October 2, 2019

Global accountancy group PwC has increased the workforce in its West and Wales region by 10.5% over the past year to 860 people, including its latest intake of 82 graduates and school leavers.

The young recruits, pictured below, have joined the firm’s offices in Bristol and Cardiff – with a growing number arriving for jobs straight from their A levels.

PwC has more expansion plans for the region as it looks to increase the number of cyber security experts in employs. It will recruit a further 25 people to its team in the region over the next two years.

The firm was also named the number-one private-sector organisation for graduates for the 16th straight year by The Times, and top of the accountancy, actuarial, and consulting categories.

Applications for its graduate programme increased by 73% on the last academic year.

PwC West and Wales practice regional leader John-Paul Barker said: “These students studied a variety of degrees at different universities right across the country, which goes to show how diverse our workforce is.

“We also welcome a growing number of students joining us straight from their A levels. Last year, 57% of student hires into the region were women.

“We hope this shows that what’s most important to PwC is that someone is the right fit for us and vice versa, that this is a place where engaged, talented and hardworking people can get on, irrespective of where or what they studied.

“I am a great believer in being able to create opportunity for people in this region and our expansion plans over the next few years will ensure we remain a draw for the best people – like the 82 we have just hired.”

John-Paul (JP) Barker became West and Wales practice regional leader in July, taking over from Katharine Finn, who had been in the role for four years.

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