PwC sees record rise in student applications

PwC has seen a double digit increase in the number of students applying to its work experience and internship placements, and a record number of applications across its student vacancies overall

Over 22,000 students applied for PwC’s 960 paid work experience placements this year (23 students per place), up 12% from last year.

Nearly 50,000 (49,502) students - 136 applicants a day - have applied for PwC’s 2,285 graduate, apprenticeship, school leaver, paid internship and work placement positions this year. This is up from 45,800 last year.

Laura Hinton, head of people at PwC, said: ‘We’ve seen a big increase in the number of students applying to our variety of work experience and internship options as they look for ways to stand out in the competitive job market and test drive their career options at a much earlier stage.

‘All of our work experience and internship options are paid, which is a crucial way for us to attract a greater diversity of students and make sure that opportunities are open to all.’

PwC says it is committed to creating different routes into the profession and widening access. This year the firm announced it is creating 80 places per year on a new technology degree apprenticeship programme, designed to give students from a broader range of backgrounds access to technology careers. Applications for the programme, in partnership with the University of Birmingham and the University of Leeds, will open in September this year, with the first intake starting in September 2018.

Half of this year’s graduate hires (55%) were outside of London, rising to 71% for school leaver roles, including apprenticeships. Three quarters (74%) of applicants to its student programmes are from state schools and 14% are from a household receiving income support.

Laura Hinton, head of people at PwC, said: ‘We’re committed to creating opportunities for students right across the country and dispelling the myth that you need to work in London to get ahead in your career. We plan to create even more student roles in our regional offices this year and our technology degree apprenticeship programme is a great example of that ambition in action, as roles will be based in our Birmingham and Leeds offices.

‘We want to employ the most talented people, regardless of their backgrounds, and the more routes we have into our profession the more successful we will be in reaching the best people. We recognise that we’ve got more work to do here, but it’s encouraging that the steps we’ve already taken to widen access to our firm, such as removing UCAS criteria, offering paid internships and extending our schools outreach, are starting to pay off.’

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