Assurance Services

We are always on the look out for prospective staff in our Assurance line of service. Interested candidates should send their CV's to

Auditing and accounting form a major part of the work we do for our clients on a continuing basis.


The auditing function is central to our business. Providing other business advisory services is also integral to the accountant's role and this expertise, built on your auditing foundation, will play a key part in your professional development.

What is an audit?

A shareholder invests money in a company and delegates day-to-day control of the company to the board of directors - the management. The law requires an independent person - the auditor - to report on the annual accounts, the records describing how management has performed in financial terms.

The audit team has three primary functions:

  • To review how transactions are recorded and controlled
  • To examine the year-end financial statements, including the profit and loss account and the balance sheet
  • To report findings and advise management on any key changes required to help improve effectiveness
Auditing calls for a sound grasp of accounting principles combined with a detailed knowledge of the clients' business and the environment in which it operates. The nature of the auditors' work and the wide variety of businesses with which they have contact place in an ideal position to provide constructive advisory services to management. This has now become an essential feature of the modern audit.

How do we approach an audit?

The last decade has seen significant developments in the analytical methods and technologies we use. We have developed a unique 'business approach' to auditing, which combines an assessment of the key features of the business - its information systems, its management, the potential for significant financial error - and therefore the inherent risks involved.

Worldwide, audit partners and managers concentrate on top-down strategic planning for each client in its own business environment.
The audit team use the latest PCs and computer software to plan and execute the audit process in conjunction with the audit manager and partner. This process involves new auditing and working techniques including risk analysis, and an emphasis on students and managers working closely together as a tight-knit team.

Systems Process Assurance

A growing and crucial part of our audit service involves detailed examination of computerised systems which process client's data and generate financial statements. You can join the Systems and Process Assurance Teams to specialise in this role. You will develop your technical skills through hands-on exposure to complex client accounting systems.

A steep learning curve

During a typical 2/3 year period, you will visit many different clients - sometimes returning to the same client, in a more senior role, in following years. You need to have an understanding of your client's business before you can fully understand the accounts and figures. You will learn fast by asking questions of the client's staff - directors, managers and accountants - and understanding your client's business strategy.

Your development journey

As a professional services organisation, the key to our success is the high standard of our people. The development of your knowledge, skills, confidence and experience is fundamental.

Globally, PwC invests hundreds of millions of pounds every year in training and development programmes and resources. These are available to everyone within the organisation. Our training has a reputation for being innovative and is generally recognised as among the best in the profession.

You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own development, but you can count on excellent support. We use the latest training techniques, from modular packages to pioneering interactive video systems. Our support system integrates formal learning and internal courses with front-line experience, skills gained on client on client assignments and exam training courses.

The development of your career at PwC is therefore supported by the world-class training and development we offer. Your development at PwC never stops. When you start we try to make you feel at home straightaway. Naturally, we value the skills you bring with you, but there is a lot to learn, so development with us is your constant, personal journey.

During your first two years with us, there is a focus on acquiring the technical knowledge and skills you require through your professional exams and internal training. Our innovative induction programme will ensure you are able to apply your technical knowledge as soon as you have learnt it. Our training and development activities are reviewed annually to ensure that we are always providing you with the most appropriate support to serve our clients effectively.

By providing you with a supportive environment, we allow you take some control over the planning of your development by:

• Giving you opportunities to use your expertise through your on-the-job experiences
• Giving you regular, timely feedback to enable effective development
• Providing access to training and development solutions
• Promoting career counselling and advice
• Rewarding and recognising your acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience

In return, we expect from you:

• Clarity on your aspirations and goals
• Flexibility to do and learn new things
• Initiative to seek new opportunities
• Commitment to success
• Enthusiasm for linking your career plans with business needs

Below is a selection of some possible training courses:

PwC Audit Core Mandatory Programme

The PwC Audit Core Mandatory Programme includes a number of continuous audit training programmes designed for all levels of assurance staff to update and continue building on knowledge and skills acquired from previous audit experience and training programmes.

This mandatory programme includes an induction course which a new assurance recruit will attend. It introduces PwC in general and assurance in particular. The course will develop a new recruit’s understanding of business and IT, while also introducing the practical skills attributable to an auditor. These include technical accounting and auditing expertise, interpersonal and communication skills, and client service.

As our staff progress within the firm and gain more experience, we offer continuous opportunities for development of their accounting and auditing skills both through on-the-job experience and through our mandatory learning and education programme. Typically this programme includes an annual update on methodology, on International Standards on Auditing for all assurance staff including partners and senior managers. It also includes specific training for computer auditing specialists.

PwC Audit Core Non-Mandatory Programme

From time to time the firm also organises audit training courses that fall out of the mandatory curriculum. These courses vary in length and content and seek to address specific areas of staff development. This programme includes training in business risks and controls, e-learning sessions on controls and tests of details and more generically training on project management and enquiry skills.

PwC Accounting IFRS Curriculum

The PwC Accounting IFRS curriculum includes training programmes designed for teams working on engagements which report under IFRS. The programme would include an annual update and an advanced IFRS training session.

Other training programmes

Staff from all service lines are required to attend an annual independence seminar as well as other training programmes either related to an individual’s line of service, to his/her career progression or to specific global or local market and economic changes.

We ensure that you can see a clear progression path within PwC, as we believe that you have the potential to have a long and satisfying career with us. As there is such a wide variety of opportunities open to you throughout your career at PwC, you will always be having new experiences. These opportunities are wide open for talented and dedicated people.

Your training and development are ongoing and we encourage regular reviews of your development. Often, the best development comes from working in new areas, and through innovative working methods, so we'll always encourage you to take advantage of any opportunities offering new challenges.