Our people

Our people are the heart of our organisation. More than 250,000 people in 158 countries working together to build trust and solve problems for clients and the communities in which we live and work. While we come from many different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life, what binds us together are our purpose, culture and values.

In FY18, PwC’s global headcount grew 6% to 250,930 people. We saw the largest headcount increases in Asia (14%) and Central and Eastern Europe (10%).  The PwC network’s global presence remains strong with offices in 721 locations across 158 countries.

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PwC people by region

  FY18 FY17 Growth
Americas FY18 - 71,222 FY17 - 70,982 Growth - 0%
Asia FY18 - 68,963 FY17 - 60,255 Growth - 14%
Australasia and Pacific Islands FY18 - 8,966 FY17 - 8,308 Growth - 8%
Central and Eastern Europe FY18 - 11,538 FY17 - 10,451 Growth - 10%
Western Europe FY18 - 75,151 FY17 - 72,265 Growth - 4%
Middle East and Africa FY18 - 15,090 FY17 - 13,974 Growth - 8%
Total FY18 - 250,930 FY17 - 236,235 Growth - 6%

PwC people by service line

  FY18 FY17 FY16
Assurance 107,691 103,019 98,243
Advisory 62,613 58,817 54,430
Tax 50,243 46,904 44,948
Support staff 30,383 27,495 25,847
Total 250,930 236,235 223,468

PwC people and partners

  FY18 FY17 FY16
Partners FY18 - 11,404 FY17 - 11,181 FY16 - 10,830
Client service staff FY18 - 200,853 FY17 - 188,090 FY16 - 177,182
Practice support staff FY18 - 38,673 FY17 - 36,964 FY16 - 35,456
Total FY18 - 250,930 FY17 - 236,235 FY16 - 223,468

New joiners

We invest in attracting talented people and offering them rewarding careers once they join. Globally, 64,776 people joined PwC firms around the world – including 27,016 graduates and 32,924 experienced professionals. This is testament to our continued attractiveness as an employer of choice. 

  FY18 FY17 FY16
Graduates FY18 - 27,016 FY17 - 28,238 FY16 - 26,780
Experienced professionals FY18 - 32,924 FY17 - 25,982 FY16 - 26,430
Support staff FY18 - 4,836 FY17 - 5,032 FY16 - 4,871
Total FY18 - 64,776 FY17 - 59,252 FY16 - 58,081

Our global people engagement score is  Arrow 1%

74%
2017 - 75%

Pride in working for PwC is  Arrow 1%

81%
2017 - 82%

Expectation of working here 12 months from now is  Arrow 1%

72%
2017 - 73%

Graduate recruits

PwC is among the largest recruiters of graduates in the world. We are committed to attracting the best people to PwC and offering them exciting career and development opportunities so they can achieve their full potential and build a rewarding career.

Student surveys around the world confirm that PwC is one of the most attractive organisations for graduates. PwC firms hold the top position in a number of key countries as the most attractive employer.

As we continue to embed technology across the PwC network and digitise our services, we're increasingly looking for graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Student rankings also confirm that PwC firms are attractive to students pursuing a degree in engineering, IT or computer science.

PwC in student rankings

      Rank in Big Four Rank among all employers
Survey provider Country Student Audience FY18 FY17 FY16 FY18 FY17 FY16
Universum Global Business Studies 4 2 2 6 5 5
Universum Global Engineering/IT 3 3 2 41 56 48
Universum Brazil Business Studies 4 2 1 40 26 37
Universum Brazil IT 1 1 2 54 71 57
Universum China Business Studies 1 2 2 4 5 3
Universum Germany Business Studies 1 1 1 12 11 12
Universum Hong Kong Business Studies 2 2 2 10 8 9
Universum Russia Business Studies 2 2 1 17 17 19
Universum South Africa Business Studies 3 3 3 7 3 5
Universum South Korea Business Studies 1 * 1 18 * 19
Universum Spain Business Studies 2 2 2 22 26 23
Universum Sweden Business Studies 2 2 1 7 6 6
Universum Singapore Business Studies 2 2 1 7 8 4
Universum Switzerland Business Studies 1 1 1 6 6 6
Universum Switzerland IT 1 1 1 16 23 16
Universum UK Business Studies 1 1 1 4 3 3
Universum UK Engineering/IT 1 1 1 42 46 56
Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of Choice UK Final year students, all degree subjects 1 1 1 1 1 1
Universum US Business Studies 3 3 3 10 13 11
Universum US Engineering 3 3 2 125 145 148
Universum US Computer Sciences 3 3 4 61 98 93

International mobility

PwC's international mobility programme continues to be very extensive and the number of countries sending and/or receiving new long-term assignees increased by 10% in FY18. Our strategy continues to evolve to support client needs, drive business growth and create opportunities for our people to build global acumen and develop their careers. 

PwC firms are increasingly leveraging different types of mobility, including one-way international transfers and short-term cross border commuting. The total number of new international assignments increased by 10%, from 2,740 in FY17 to 3,006 in FY18, with short-term international assignment activity in our Assurance practice contributing notably to this rise.

At 30 June 2018, 2,300 people were on long-term international assignments from 112 PwC firms around the world. Thirty-eight percent of them are women, an increase from 36% last year. 

People engagement

Every year, we ask our people how they feel about working at PwC. This year, a record 81% took part in our global survey – up from 77% in 2017.

At 74%, our global people engagement score remains largely on a par with last year (2017: 75%). This score reflects the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs and are committed to the organisation.

The vast majority of the 192,163 people who completed the survey told us that they are proud to work at PwC (81%), would recommend PwC as a great place to work (71%) and expect or plan to be working at PwC 12 months from now (72%).

This is driven in part by the many learning and development opportunities available here at PwC, with 77% of our people saying they can work on challenging assignments that contribute to their development.

But we know there is always more we can do to improve the experience of working at PwC. Making sure our people have a good work life balance remains a priority. Here we do need to work harder as only 65% of PwC people feel that the people they work for are considerate of their life outside work, which is not as high as we would like. That’s why we invest in programmes to help our people work flexibly and manage their energy and personal wellbeing so they can be their best selves at home and at work. Read about some of the everyday habits we’re encouraging our people to embrace.

 

Results of our 2018 Global People Survey (percentage of people agreeing)

  FY18 FY17
I am proud to work for PwC FY18 - 81% FY17 - 82%
I would recommend PwC as a great place to work FY18 - 71% FY17 - 72%
I expect to be working at PwC 12 months from now FY18 - 72% FY17 - 73%
I have the opportunity to work on challenging assignments that contribute to my development FY18 - 77% FY17 - 78%
The people I work for support and demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct FY18 - 80% FY17 - 80%
The people I work for are considerate of my life outside of work FY18 - 65% FY17 - 66%

Contact us

Mike Davies
Director, Global Communications, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7803 974136
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