Big Four hiring boost

PwC recruits record number of graduates in Scotland


PwC has hired a record 108 students during its autumn intake, compared to 93 last year.

Of the total, 51 have joined the Big Four accountancy firm’s Edinburgh office, with 43 in Glasgow and 14 in Aberdeen. The majority (79) of the new starters are joining the audit practice.

All recruits had to rely on digital induction after taking delivery of company laptops to their homes because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The new joiners represent an 11.5% increase in headcount, taking the number of partners and staff at the firm in Scotland to 1,045. 

Across the UK, PwC is hiring more than 1,300 students during September and October. Since lockdown was announced at the end of March, the firm has already welcomed 243 students and more than 500 experienced recruits have joined during this period.

A slight majority of this year’s graduate recruits in Scotland (50.4%) are female while 22% of the recruits come from an ethnic minority. More than half of the hires (55%) attended a non-selective state school, with 5% of the intake eligible for free school meals – reinforcing the firm’s ongoing commitment to social mobility.

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