London: PwC has opened 150 new graduate vacancies in its Consulting Practice to start work in 2014, with 50 to join through a new fast track recruitment programme.
Applications to PwC's consulting graduate scheme have increased 110 % over the past three years, matching business growth in the practice of 50%.
To support the Consulting divisions' planned growth, 50 of the new vacancies will be filled through a new fast track entry scheme running this week. The new scheme shortens the recruitment process from an average of eight weeks to just one.
Applicants will complete a series of online pre qualification tests, and if successful, be put through their paces in a one day assessment process led by the firm's growing Consulting practice. Within a week of the event, those who impress will be invited for final interviews and job offers made.
Ashley Unwin, head of consulting said, "For the third year in a row we have expanded graduate vacancies in the consulting practice, and the investment is paying off in terms of the quality of people we're attracting.
"Opening a fast track recruitment means we speed up the identification of talented students, without compromising on the quality. We like to challenge people from day one, and this is a new way of testing people's ability to hit the ground running."
Richard Irwin, PwC head of student recruitment, said, "Students who succeed on the fast track process will secure a top job even before they have graduated, showing that despite a lack of growth in the economy there are still excellent opportunities in the graduate job market."
PwC are one of the UK's largest private sector graduate recruiters. This year the firm will employ around 1200 students and 400 interns. The firm has pioneered new approaches to recruitment and assessment including school leaver qualifications, sponsored degree programmes and offering the first Higher Apprenticeship in professional services.