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PwC fights the “gender gap”

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The financial enterprise PriceWaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) is taking action to empower equal rights for men and women at the workplace by meeting a goal of employing 30% females as UK board members.

Under the title of “The 30% Club”, PwC has voluntarily committed to include 30% female representation on their UK boards in the near future.

This decision goes beyond the demand made by former trade minister Lord Davies last February in which he claimed that 25% of the board members in the top productive companies (FTSE 350) should be women by 2015.

A business strategy

“Signing up to the 30% club is not about ticking a box – it is critical to the firm’s success,” said Ian Powell from PwC.

“Having a better gender balance positively influences our culture and our decision making processes. With an almost even number of women and men entering our training schemes, it is important that this balance continues to be reflected at all management levels.”

Indeed, current PwC staff includes 18% female representation at board level – which is 14% more than the average top companies.

Female graduates who wish to reach the top can take advantage of this move made by PwC. Besides, four big graduate employers - Lloyds, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and John Lewis – are said to be following this “gender equality” trend.

Graduate opportunities in accountancy

A recent program launched by the mutual collaboration of PwC and Henley Business School, aims to train students in the accountancy profession and to guarantee graduate employment for those who successfully pass their exams and perform well in work placements.

During the second, third and fourth year of the program, students will put in practice all that they learn by doing paid work placements - at least £20,000 during the course and up to £35k plus benefits after graduating.

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