PwC UK is aiming to bridge the diversity gap by appointing 17 more women as equity partners within the firm.
In total, PwC has promoted 61 new partners this year, the biggest number ever. The company now has 969 partners of which women make up 28 per cent. PwC have promoted from across a varied backgrounds, skills and experiences.
According to PwC, the company now has 174 female equity partners – more than any other professional services firm. This is an increase of five per cent from last year.
PwC is also taking on more young people than ever before, with 1,500 graduates and around 170 school leavers recruited throughout 2016.
Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC said, “Our aim to create a truly diverse workforce is starting to pay off and it’s great to see a higher number of female partners than last year.”
“By focusing on diversity across all levels of the firm, right from apprenticeship and graduate entry through to the senior leadership level we are creating a workforce that more accurately reflects our clients and wider society. More of our new partners work flexibly, demonstrating that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all mould to being a partner in a professional services firm.”
Ian Powell, outgoing chairman and senior partner, said, “For a third successive year, we have increased the number of new partners and have continued to improve the diversity of our senior people.”
“These promotions reflect the importance we place on diversity, the role of the regions to the UK’s economic success and our commitment to investing in our people across all client services.”