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PwC diversity approach 'succeeding'

Published: Monday, 24 November 2008   Category: Professional & financial services

Leading professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is succeeding in its attempts to encourage the recruitment and professional development of female employees, it has claimed.

The PwC Women’s Leadership Programme is attempting to identify and address any potential barriers to the hiring and advancement of women in the firm and provide solutions to gender equality where promotion is concerned.

In figures which may be of interest to those seeking graduate jobs, 29 per cent of the partnership intake in 2008 were female, compared to 12.5 per cent in 2007.

PwC chairman Ian Powell said that as the firm now had "more understanding" of the issues relating to progression, it was able to formulate suitable action plans.

Sarah Churchman, director for diversity and inclusion, said the programme was being rolled out across the organisation.

Earlier in 2008, the Times named Big Four firm PwC as its top graduate employer for the fifth year in succession.

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