In FY 2017, PwC’s global headcount grew 6% to 236,235 people. We saw the largest headcount increases in Asia (14%) and Central Eastern Europe (13%). PwC’s global presence remains strong with members firms in 158 countries, having offices in 736 locations.
|Australasia and Pacific Islands||8,308||7,639||9%|
|Central and Eastern Europe||10,451||9,273||13%|
|Middle East and Africa||13,974||13,036||7%|
|Client service staff||188,090||177,182||163,513|
|Practice support staff||36,964||35,456||33,985|
We invest in attracting talented people and offering them rewarding careers once they join. Globally, 59,252 people joined PwC firms around the world – including 28,238 graduates and 25,982 experienced professionals. This is testament to PwC's continued attractiveness as an employer of choice.
Student surveys around the world confirm that PwC is one of the most attractive organisations for graduates.
PwC ranking in student surveys
|Rank in Big Four||Rank among all employers|
Sources: Brazil (Universum Graduate Survey), China (Universum Graduate Survey), Germany (Trendence Survey), Global (Universum Graduate Survey), Nordic (Universum Graduate Survey), Pan-European (Trendence Survey), Russia (Universum Graduate Survey), Spain (Universum Graduate Survey), Sweden (Universum Graduate Survey), Switzerland (Universum Graduate Survey), United Kingdom (Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Survey, High Flyers), United States (Universum Graduate Survey).
Please note: Some results haven't been released yet.
PwC's international mobility programme continues to be very extensive and the number of countries sending and/or receiving long-term assignees increased by 2%. Our strategy continues to evolve to support client needs, drive business growth and create opportunities for our people to develop their careers. PwC firms are increasingly adding different types of mobility to the programme, including short-term cross border commuting.
At 30 June 2017, 2,536 people were on long-term international assignments from 115 PwC firms around the world - similar to last year (2,588). Thirty six percent of them are women, considerably higher than the external average of 20% (Source: Talent mobility: 2020 and beyond, PwC 2012).
The total number of new international assignments decreased from 3,353 in FY16 to 2,740 in FY17, partly driven by geopolitical and economic events which resulted in fewer resourcing needs in some parts of the world.
“At PwC, we're creating environments that help our people grow and develop. Our international mobility programme is a great example of how we offer our people opportunities to work in different countries, learn about other cultures, increase their global acumen and gain valuable experiences.”
Every year, we survey our people to find out how they feel about working at PwC. This gives us the data we need to continually work on creating an even better working environment.
At 75%, our global people engagement score - while down slightly on the previous year (2016: 77%) - was still at an impressive level. This score refers to the level of motivation, commitment and involvement employees demonstrate as a result of key elements in their work environment such as level of leadership, respect, professional development, and inclusion.
Of the 178,928 people around the world who took the survey, the vast majority told us they are proud to work at PwC (82%) and would recommend PwC as a great place to work (72%). Seventy eight percent said they work on challenging assignments that contribute to their development. And 80% said the people they work for demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct. All very positive results.
But of course, there is always more we can do, and work life balance in particular continues to be an area we're working on. The percentage of people who said their leaders are considerate of their life outside work was down a touch at 65% (2016: 66%). On the up side – in response to a new question added to the survey this year – 78% said they feel trusted by the people they work for to use flexibility options without compromising the quality of their work.
This reflects the move across PwC towards flexibility, which is key for a multi-generational workforce like ours. Across the world, PwC firms increasingly run programmes to help their people be happy both at and away from work. Find out more about some of our people initiatives.
Results of our 2017 Global People Survey (percentage of people agreeing)
|I am proud to work for PwC||82%||83%|
|I would recommend PwC as a great place to work||72%||76%|
|I expect to be working at PwC 12 months from now||73%||75%|
|I have the opportunity to work on challenging assignments that contribute to my development||78%||79%|
|The people I work for support and demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct||80%||82%|
|The people I work for are considerate of my life outside of work||65%||66%|
|The people I work for trust me to use flexibility options without compromising the quality of my work||78%||-|