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PwC partners CodeClan in digital recruitment drive

Melinda Matthews Clarkson

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PwC Scotland has signed a partnership agreement with digital skills academy CodeClan which will help it meet the increasing demand for skilled technology workers.

The Big Four accountant is hiring more staff skilled in coding, data analytics and cyber security and the agreement with CodeClan will involve discussions on career opportunities with students before they graduate.

CodeClan was established in Edinburgh in 2015 to help build a diverse and innovative future for Scotland’s digital industry. With a mission to “inspire, educate and promote the growth of technology”, it has since opened a second facility in Glasgow, which was expanded earlier in 2019 to accommodate continuing growth, including a new data course. A Highlands campus opened in May 2019, in Inverness city centre.

Through a broad spectrum of digital training courses ranging from single day tasters to intensive 16 week programmes,  CodeClan delivers a steady pipeline of talent, ready to meet shortages in skills and help grow Scotland’s digital economy.

With more than 100 staff in technology roles in Scotland, PwC’s focus on emerging technology is accelerating. The firm is already working with clients on projects covering  drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain – in addition to rapidly growing cyber security, operational resilience and data businesses.

Scotland’s digital economy is worth £5.7bn, with more than 10,000 businesses employing 83,000 people. Research by Scottish Enterprise undertaken earlier in 2019 found that 63% of businesses in the digital sector increased turnover in the previous six months, while 47% boosted their profits, highlighting the growing demand for digital services across the country.

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