At PwC, we are committed to ensuring women have the opportunity to build a rewarding career. Not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a business issue that affects our bottom line. Our livelihood is dependent upon a diverse set of talented people and we know that six people with different ideas are more valuable than sixty people who all think the same.
Women represent half of our global workforce at the recruitment level, and 15 percent of the partnership, a number that continues to increase each year. Locally, women represent just under 60% of the workforce, including three partners.
Although PwC global has made great progress to help women climb the corporate ladder, we know we need to do more. To address this, globally we formed the Gender Advisory Council, an award-winning international group that advises on ways to improve the situation. Our firms around the world are investing time and resources in initiatives which focus on our female talent. All these initiatives relate to the distinctive experience which we aim to provide our people - by focusing on enhancing their value, sharing and collaborating, and investing in teams and relationships.
In Malta, the taking of initiatives focused on female talent has been on the agenda for a number of years. In 2010, an internal group was established to consolidate on the results of activities undertaken in the past and to advise on initiatives that will focus on our female talent in the years to come. The internal group comprises of staff members working across our diverse services lines and at differing levels of job responsibilities, thus having the ability to identify with the needs of our growing organisation and to act upon them.