Work placements

Work placements



If you’re required to complete a placement as part of your degree, then think about applying to one of our work placements. You'll be able to build your skills and confidence by working alongside specialists in your chosen business area for eleven months. We have a wide range of placements available to you across the UK.

For more information on each of the areas available and to find out which one is right for you, click on the sections below. 

Assurance, Deals, Strategy Consulting or Tax

Work on real projects, learn about our business and get exposure to a prestigious client list. These eleven-month placements are for students who need to complete a placement as part of their degree. You could sit a selection of professional accounting exams and leave with a graduate job offer to fast track into a second year role upon graduation.

You'll work alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals on everyday projects. So you’ll get a good insight into working life at PwC. Our 11-month work placements start in September and are available at offices across the UK. It doesn't matter what degree course you're studying, but you must have a good academic record and be able to show how you've used your initiative and team-working skills. You should also have thoroughly researched the area of PwC and qualification that's involved.

Real responsibility

You'll do the same work and benefit from the same training as our first-year graduate recruits, contributing to a range of client projects as part of a highly skilled team. The work can be intense at times – but you’ll have plenty of fun, not forgetting competitive rewards, along the way.

Experiencing life inside one of the world's largest professional services organisations is a fantastic way to build your commercial awareness and interpersonal skills. Nothing can beat on-the-job experience for developing skills and you'll get plenty of it, both within PwC and on-site at clients. But we'll also steer you towards appropriate training courses if there's anything you feel you'd like to work on.

What’s more, you’ll boost your ability to soak up complex business information, as well as your professional confidence – factors that will make a real difference to your last year at university.

Get ahead on the professional qualification front

Hopefully your placement will be the first step towards a full-time career with us. In some areas, you may even be able to start working for your professional qualifications during the programme, returning to complete your exams once you've graduated.

For example, if you do an eleven-month work placement in a region offering ICAEW training, you can study and sit some of your professional exams. We’ll support you through these, giving you a head start when it comes to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

On the Work Placement you’ll get a comprehensive feel for the challenges of professional services, work with prestigious clients and benefit from superb learning and development opportunities.

For more information

Click on each of these areas to research which one is right for you:

Operations - Human Capital

Join us  for an 11 month Work Placement to work within our Human Capital (HC) function at PwC. HC is our internal naming for our Human Resource department. Based in our London, Manchester or Birmingham offices, the placement will give extensive insight into the HC Function.

The HC group sits within our Internal Firm Services business unit and is responsible for providing generalist HC support across our business which is comprised of over 17,000 UK employees across 35 offices. The HC team acts as a liaison, advisor and facilitator between the business and specialist HC support teams, allowing PwC to operate effectively to meet its people agenda.

Your primary focus will be on supporting the team’s daily activities and workflow in order to manage the delivery of the day to day business priorities. You’ll take on administrator responsibilities for one of our dedicated HC functions within one of the below teams:

  • Learning and Development
  • Student Recruitment
  • Global Mobility
  • Manage Information & Resourcing
  • HC Operations

Each team works to deliver on Business and People priorities in their specialist area. Preferences will be taken into consideration at interview stage and you’d be expected to demonstrate knowledge of your preferred area.

Get ahead on the professional qualification front

You'll have a dedicated People Manager to help shape your development. You’ll be encouraged to keep a log of activity which can be relevant to any later Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study. As part of the placement, you‘ll be set a project to complete over the course of the placement, giving insight into the wider firm and HC community.

Operations - Client Marketing

Join us on an 11 month Client Marketing Work Placement, and you'll sit in our Client Market Development (CMD) department in either our Manchester or London offices. This large, fast-paced team cover a wide range of critical business activities within PwC; from event management, corporate hospitality, research, strategic marketing (proposition development and campaigns), through to business development, proposal support and key account management. They’re focussed on supporting the development and implementation of our market strategy - specifically, driving revenue growth, enhancing relationships and networks, and therefore creating a distinctive brand experience.

We’re excited to launch this new work placement, providing the opportunity to work within a market-leading professional services organisation. You’ll gain a unique insight and help develop the foundations of a marketing and business development career aligned to one of our regional, industry, or line of service business areas. We’re an innovative, creative and fun team operating at a fast pace to react to the market trends, exploit commercial opportunities and provide an insight to the PwC practice staff - from new joiners on our graduate scheme through to Partners. It’s an interesting place to work and a hands-on role. The experience is gained by delivery and “doing” rather than sitting next to someone watching what they do. The nature of the role also provides opportunities to develop other “soft skills” highly valued by employers such as teamwork, leadership and influencing skills amongst others.

This placement will give you hands-on experience within an organisation that has marketing and business development at the core of its strategy. It will be challenging, exciting, fast-paced and most of all, rewarding.

What you'll do

  • Provide support to deliver market and business development campaigns across multiple channels
  • Provide support on the best practice approach to marketing campaigns as defined by the team and strive to uphold our quality and brand standards
  • Collect and analyse short and long-term return on investment metrics on specific campaigns and track resulting client opportunities
  • Demonstrate active use of CRM system (Iris) to support business development activities, including recording notable client opportunities and actively contributing to the management information for clients
  • Proactively seek to learn about new channels to market and brings innovative new ideas of how we can engage with our audiences and stakeholders
  • Work closely with the Senior Managers and Managers to execute campaigns in line with timeframes and agreed budgets
  • Work effectively and in collaboration with executives in other parts of the client and market development function to deliver a client-focused outcome
  • Bring curiosity and challenge so that key campaigns are continuously improved.

Who we're looking for

  • Enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude
  • Excellent communication skills – you must be able to flex your style to engage and communicate with a variety of different stakeholders
  • Confidence to ask questions and challenge ideas and/or activities
  • Excellent administrative skills - must be IT proficient
  • Ability to proactively manage your own time and prioritise your workload
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • A practical and sensible approach to problem-solving, with the ability to think on your feet
  • Strong interpersonal skills, personable with the ability to deal with difficult situations.

Channel Islands

With offices in Jersey and Guernsey, PwC in the Channel Islands offers an excellent start to your career as a chartered accountant. We're currently looking to recruit both Assurance and Tax work placement students, so if the sound of golden beaches, great water sports, and a client base incorporating some of the biggest names in the finance world interests you, then read on.

Career development

You'll be offered the opportunity to take Institute exams, with the advantage of the work experience counting towards the Institute's three year time experience requirement. Placement students who return to PwC after graduating will recommence their training contract from where they left off.

Why choose the Channel Islands?

The Channel Islands has an excellent client base, largely dominated by Financial Services client sites similar to those found in London, with a diverse range of clients; from banks and trust companies to property funds and a smattering of commercial clients. What's more, with a walk to work and to clients taking around 10-15 minutes, the balance of work and life is arguably unrivalled by any of the major cities. There are miles of sandy beaches, trendy roof-top terrace bars and a bustling town centre complemented by secluded coves.

The Channel Islands offices have superb links with other offices around the world, with recent experienced joiners coming from Australia, Bermuda, and Canada, and recently qualified staff moving to Sydney, Boston and London on secondments.

Northern Ireland

The decisions you make about your career are some of the toughest. Base them on knowledge, not just instinct. Join us in Belfast and you'll get direct experience of our business by working in either Management Consulting, Business Recovery Services, Information Technology, Transaction Services or Forensic Technology Solutions.

On our 11 month Work Placement Programme, you’ll boost your commercial awareness, interpersonal skills and self confidence. You’ll also develop a genuine understanding of what we do and how we do it. More importantly, you’ll discover whether PwC, and the type of work you could take on with us, is right for you.

Why choose Northern Ireland?

Our new offices sit at the heart of Belfast’s business district. Which is appropriate, as we advise 80 of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies. This means you’ll work with big brands and get the kind of experience that will help you add value and build your profile.

But there’s more to living and working in Belfast than getting that all-important experience. It’s a Victorian city that’s embraced modern architecture and is bursting with sophisticated bars, clubs and restaurants. And whether you’re after live music, a trip to the museum or the craic, Belfast will welcome you with open arms.

Graduate Work Placements in Tax

If you’re serious about a career in Tax, this placement allows you to spend at least six months in the business and then take some time out before joining us full-time on a graduate programme.

Maybe you want to go travelling or do some voluntary work. Whatever your plans, if you’ve already taken the first steps in your career, you’ll have added security, more experience and, of course, healthier finances.

What will you do?

The graduate placement gets you stuck in straight away. A short induction to the firm is followed by on the job learning supported by a buddy all  the way. This gives you a real feel for the work we do in Tax and not just the classroom. Then if you decide you want to commit you can join our graduate training programme the following September and start your exam training for the ACA.

Joining the Tax Associate programme puts you in a great position to decide if Tax is for you. You’ll benefit from hands-on client experience without having to study and sit the exams at this stage. Some graduate interns even decide to extend their internships if the business offers that option.

If you do as well as we expect, we’ll offer you a full-time training contract and the chance to come back the following year to continue your career with PwC.

When and where does the placement run?

Start dates are flexible so you can join throughout the year. And as we have opportunities at a number of PwC offices across the UK, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from.

Who is the Graduate placement for?

You must be serious about a career in Tax with PwC. So you should have the same academic qualifications, skills and qualities needed for our Tax graduate programme.What’s more, although the placement gives you a little more flexibility around the way you join us, you should take advantage of it only if you plan to return to us full-time.

How to apply

Essentially, the Insight Graduate placement follows the same format as the first six months of the graduate programme. So you apply and are selected in the same way too. Places are limited and they fill quickly though, so make sure you apply early.

Postponing your joining date

Another option is to apply to our graduate Tax programme, but defer your entry for a year. This will give you 12 months to do whatever you want to – travel, get involved in charity work, even sail single-handedly around the world – while developing your character and confidence, safe in the knowledge that a great career’s waiting for you at the end of it. 

What you'll need

  • You'll need to be a penultimate-year undergraduate 
  • At least a 300 UCAS tariff or equivalent (for Technology, a 260 UCAS tariff, or Strategy Consulting, a 340 UCAS tariff) 
  • Be on course for a 2:1 degree

Don’t have the academics but have an outstanding achievement?

Outstanding potential takes many forms - academic success is just one of them. That’s why, with our ‘Outstanding Achievement’ entry route, you can apply to us if you meet one of our two requirements. Click here to find out more.

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