PwC to hire 1000 tech specialists

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

22 August 2016

PwC UK is planning to hire more than 1000 technology specialists within the next four years for its risk assurance practice.

The new recruits will be addressing issues such as cyber security and privacy, data, business systems, and technology risk and controls, across all customer sectors by 2020.

The announcement is the latest in a series of moves intended to strengthen the Big Four firm's digital offering to clients.

Recent acquisitions by the firm have included Praxism, a consultancy firm specialising in identity and access management, and Outbox Group, which offers cloud-based solutions and transformational services for clients across the UK and Europe.

The UK IT risk assurance practice has also created a new graduate recruitment programme for cyber security, data and technology graduates.

In addition, PwC recently stated an intention to recruit over 1000 data scientists for its global deals business to match increasing client and buyer demand for advanced data-driven insight.

'Shortage of technology professionals'

Marc Bena, Risk Assurance partner at PwC, said that there is a "real shortage" of technology professionals in the UK, and that the firm aimed to grow "the technology leaders of the future" in the same way it has "helped grow generations of finance leaders".

He said: “Our clients and their customers want to know that their technology is innovative and pushing boundaries whilst being safe and delivering what is expected. We have a duty to continue to build a team of technology experts able to help our clients do business with confidence.”

Hemione Hudson, PwC’s UK head of Assurance, said: “Our new technology specialists will span from associates to partners and will consist of over 600 external hires, over 400 transfers from around PwC’s international network and over 200 cyber security, data and technology graduate recruits.”

Source: PwC UK

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