PwC to recruit over 1,000 technology specialists for its UK Risk Assurance business by 2020

PwC’s UK Risk Assurance practice is on track to recruit more than 1,000 technology specialists over the next four years in order to meet increasing client demand for digital, regulatory and cyber security services. The new recruits will work across all industry sectors in London and the UK regions, helping clients address a broad range of issues including cyber security and privacy (eg threat and vulnerability management), data (eg data management and predictive analytics), business systems (eg SAP) and technology risk and controls (eg IT risk and resilience).

This recruitment drive builds on PwC’s earlier announcement regarding plans to hire more than 1,000 data scientists to its Deals business on a global basis, and further highlights the firm’s commitment towards investing in technology following recent acquisitions such as Praxism (a consultancy specialising in identity and access management).

Hemione Hudson, PwC’s UK head of assurance, said: “Business models that have served clients well for decades are being disrupted or destroyed due to the speed of digital disruption, the increase of regulatory scrutiny on technology risks and the escalation of the cyber threat. This requires us to respond and build a strong team of specialists.”

Hudson added: “Our new technology specialists will span from associates to partners and consist of over 600 external hires, more than 400 transfers from around PwC’s international network and over 200 cyber security, data and technology graduate recruits.”

Graduate recruitment programme

The firm’s UK IT Risk Assurance practice has created a new graduate recruitment programme for technology which will see cyber security, data and technology graduates embark on a three-year programme encompassing professional qualifications and aiming to produce the Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Data Officers and Chief Information Officers of the future.

The first intake for the new IT Risk Assurance graduate programme will begin the workstream this September.

Marc Bena, risk assurance partner at PwC, commented: “There’s a real shortage of technology professionals in the UK. Our vision is to recruit and grow the technology leaders of the future in much the same way that we’ve helped grow generations of finance leaders.”

In conclusion, Bena told Risk UK: “Our clients and their customers want to know that their technology is innovative and pushing boundaries while also being safe and delivering what’s expected. We have a duty to continue to build a team of technology experts that’s able to help our clients conduct their business with absolute confidence.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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