Plugging into tech sector

PwC Scotland to hire 120 in biggest ever recruitment drive

Lindsay Gardiner

Lindsay Gardiner: ‘this move underlines our ambitions’


PwC is embarking on its biggest ever recruitment drive in Scotland with more than 100 staff expected to join the big four accountant over the next six months.

The hiring round will boost the current 900-strong headcount by 15% as it plugs into developing technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, virtual reality and drones.

Sitting within Operate, PwC’s operational delivery and change management business, the majority of the positions will be digital technology roles, including data architects, enterprise architects, business analysts and project managers.

The move aims to further strengthen PwC’s commitment to technology in Scotland, where it has an alliance with tech incubator Codebase and recently launched a Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship with the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews. The firm also has growing tech-risk and cyber security teams – and across the UK there are now divisions focused on innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and drones.

Operate was created in 2017 to support growing demand from multi-national organisations dealing with political, economic and regulatory change. The proposed recruitment in Scotland will primarily focus on supporting clients with a range of programme management, technology, finance and other specialist resources.

Since its formation, Operate has grown to more than 1,000 staff.

Lindsay Gardiner, regional chairman, PwC Scotland, said: “We are starting 2019 with the biggest recruitment drive we have ever undertaken in Scotland, a drive which underlines our ambitions to grow the business in step with the digital transformation which is under way across corporate Scotland.

“In a challenging economic and political environment, businesses are going through fundamental changes to the way they operate. 

“I look forward to getting the process underway with a series of events in our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices over the coming weeks.”

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