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PwC reveals record number of graduate applications

Published: Saturday, 15 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

One of the nation’s leading graduate employers has announced a record number of people applied for its positions this year.

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) said 41,000 students had applied for roles on its graduate, internship, school-leaver and work placement programmes.

Of the graduate intake, 47% were female, a rise 41% a year ago and highlighting that the sector is becoming a much more attractive proposition.

The programmes are massively oversubscribed, as the firm will recruit 1,450 graduates in 2915, alongside 165 school leavers and 800 paid internship roles.

Interest in the company’s Higher Apprenticeship programme has also risen by 17% during the last 12 months, suggesting an increased interest in STEM subjects among the current crop of students. 

Graduate applications are up by 15% on a year ago – a factor that could be closely linked to PwC’s decision to scrap UCAS scores as part of the entry requirements.

The decision was made as the company felt it was missing out on some of the best graduate talent, with new online behavioural and aptitude tests now forming part of the entry assessment.

It should boost social mobility with the professional services industry and head of people at PwC, Gaenor Bagley, believes the rising numbers are “an early indicator that efforts to attract students from wider pockets of society is working”.

For instance, an increase in candidates from the bottom 50% of schools was noted after relaxing the academic requirements – giving those from wider backgrounds an opportunity that was previously not available.

Similar results have been noted at Grant Thornton, who altered their recruitment processes several years ago so as to access more of the graduate talent pool.

The firm believes the diverse range of staff helps them to improve relationships with clients while accessing talent from universities with which they had no previous links. 

Grad Plus has a number of graduate internships and other roles available for anyone looking to get their career up and running

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