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PwC sees rise in graduate jobs applicants

Published: Friday, 14 November 2008   Category: Professional & financial services

The number of students applying for graduate training scheme places at Big Four professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has increased, according to its head of student recruitment.

Sonja Stockton says that the firm has always received large numbers of applicants for graduate jobs opportunities, the banking crisis and other factors have led to a "marked rise" this year.

Accounting jobs have traditionally been seen as second-best to City careers, she claims, but with twice as many applicants and higher levels of interest being shown at campus recruitment events, it is possible that the profession is witnessing a "renaissance".

Ms Stockton added: "People who may previously have chosen City jobs are now looking elsewhere for finance-related training positions, which in the long term is good news for the skills needed by business."

Two weeks ago, PwC announced plans to recruit up to 1,000 university-leavers for graduate jobs during 2009, as reported by the Times.

Opportunities exist in more than a dozen areas of the firm's activities, it was claimed.

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