Belfast Telegraph

PwC taken by surprise at surge in applicants for jobs

By Staff Reporter

Business advisers PwC have received a record number of job applicants so far this year, as young people in Northern Ireland decide what to do next after receiving their A-Level results.

The firm said that 42 school and college leavers had joined their Belfast office, many of whom were joining PwC's Northern Ireland Higher Apprenticeship programme. And there were 190 graduates also taking on positions in Belfast.

UK-wide, 41,000 people had applied for over 2,400 positions, from graduate roles to paid internships. And 327 had joined PwC in Northern Ireland.

Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said: "The level of interest in our student roles this year is simply astounding, especially given the fierce competition for top talent. 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 are working.

"We are seeing young people begin to rethink the career options available to them and make informed decisions about their future career."

Belfast Telegraph