Graduates vote for jobs and employability in record sixth win for PwC
18/09/2009
The UK’s largest private sector employer, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) has been voted the High Fliers Top Graduate Employer of the year for a record sixth consecutive year.

Fuente:   www.consultant-news.com   Fecha:   18.09.2009

Graduates vote for jobs and employability in record sixth win for PwC

Earlier in the year students voted the professional services firm Top Accountancy Employer for the tenth year in a row, and Top Finance Employer, the first time the coveted top finance crown has been taken from the investment management, banking and finance sector.

PwC, which employs over 15,000 people nationwide, maintained their graduate recruitment programme this year, recruiting 1000 positions for their tax, advisory and assurance practices. The firm also expanded their internship programme to provide an international internship and a summer business academy.

In what has been described as the ‘toughest job market for a decade’ PwC’s award winning online employability skills clinic received over 50,000 visits online, and campus events at 40 universities received record attendance and interest.

Ian Powell, chairman and senior partner, PwC, said: "To be voted by the students and graduates themselves as Top Employer for six years in a row is fantastic recognition of our continued investment in universities, students and graduates.

"We held our nerve in the market and maintained our recruitment levels, because no matter what the current economic conditions, we are committed to recognising and developing talented people to put us in the best position in the recovery. We must not lose sight of the fact that the recession generation of graduates will be the UK’s next generation of business leaders."

Sonja Stockton, head of recruitment, PwC added: “It is still a competitive market for employers seeking the best and brightest of the UK’s graduates. Maintaining our commitments, being transparent about our opportunities, helping students develop and identify the skills they need in addition to their academic qualifications have all combined to give our firm the edge this year.”

“The UK’s long term economic prosperity is in the hands of this generation. We could be witnessing a generation of students and graduates coming to the market learning some of the hardest business lessons, quicker and more effectively than many of the generations in full time employment.”

Applications to the firm increased 48% in 2009, with jobs offered to graduates from over 90 universities. 89% of new joiners were in the 20-24 age group, a 3% increase on 2008 levels. 56% of those who joined have qualified in subjects in the arts, sciences, engineering and humanities.