Posted on Friday 24 January 2014 by Ulster Business

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PwC in Northern Ireland will recruit over 130 new graduates in 2014, accounting for almost 10% of PwC's total UK graduate recruitment, the company said today.

The accountancy and business advisory firm also confirmed it will recruit a further 35 school-leavers into its Higher Apprenticeship programme in Northern Ireland, with further opportunities for school-leavers in other apprentice roles.

Nationally, PwC said it will be upping graduate recruitment by around 30% compared with 2013, with the record level of graduate roles reflecting overall business growth and particularly the continued expansion of the Northern Ireland region.

The new graduate roles will increase overall employment numbers in the firm's tax, assurance and consulting and advisory practices, as well as in technology roles where trainees work in information security and system testing.

The biggest increase will be in the firm's Northern Ireland Centres of Excellence, which will account for over half of the 130-plus graduate intake.

Paul Terrington, PwC Northern Ireland's regional chairman, said the firm had held its nerve through the downturn and maintained graduate recruitment levels in a tough economic environment.

"This has positioned us well for a return of market confidence and growth in domestic and export markets and this year's significantly increased recruitment plans reflect our confidence in our growth," he said.

"Talented people are the lifeblood of our business and we endeavour attract the best students by offering them the best opportunities.

"This year we're recruiting the largest ever number graduates and significantly increasing our Higher Apprenticeship, which has proved a remarkably successful programme.

"Graduates apply to us as they know that the level of training, investment and support we give them will open up an unprecedented range of future career opportunities."

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