Across the UK, PwC received its highest ever number of applications this year, with over 41,000 students applying for over 2,400 graduate, school leaver, paid internships and work placement positions.
Following the firm’s decision to scrap UCAS scores as an entry criteria for its graduate roles, applications have increased 15 per cent on the same period last year. By attracting students who have not achieved the normally required A Level grades, the firm is leading the way in driving social mobility and diversity of the professional services industry.
Nearly 3,000 people applied for over 200 roles at PwC in the Midlands, across three offices in Birmingham, Castle Donnington and Milton Keynes, including graduates, students on undergraduate work experience programmes, higher apprentices and students on schools insight programmes. Over 50 of these roles are in the Castle Donnington office.
Underlying the firm’s commitment to attracting and recruiting more women into the profession, graduate intake across the UK is 47 per cent female this year, up from 41 per cent in 2014. This is reflected in the Midlands region with an 11 per cent percent increase in female graduate hires compared to the previous year.
Paul Norbury, senior office partner at PwC in the East Midlands said:“The surge in applications, since we changed our graduate recruitment criteria, is an early indicator that efforts to attract students from wider pockets of society is working.