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Working in Tax as a graduate

You’ll work with a range of clients from day one to understand their business affairs and discuss how tax rules apply to them. This could be with entrepreneurs or individual employees; advising on complex personal tax issues and implications of international assignments. Or with large multinationals; from local and overseas corporate tax compliance, to the tax implications of business decisions and how they reward their people.

We’ll support you to apply your knowledge, to develop your network and understand the breadth of the tax services we provide to our clients. You’ll also develop key professional and transferable skills right from the start, giving you the foundation to develop your career as an agile and client focused tax professional.

But that’s just the start - our Tax practice is a varied and exciting place to be and we pride ourselves on career mobility.

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The Tax Experience

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We take the time to ensure that you’re fully prepared for client engagements and can talk confidently about our complete Tax offering - from the more traditional Tax processes, through to the revolutionary technologies we can offer our clients. Our approach combines a market-leading innovative internal tax training programme with an accelerated professional qualifications pathway (where applicable) to allow you to apply your expertise directly to client issues early in your journey.

You’ll also use the latest technology to support your work. Whether that’s communicating to clients and their employees in another country, implementing new pay structures in line with tax rules or advising businesses on their corporate tax obligations. 

You can choose to apply to our Tax teams through two routes; our core Tax programme which gives you the opportunity to rotate across our Direct and Indirect Tax teams in the first two years of your PwC journey, or through our other Tax programmes where you’ll specialise from day one.

Is Tax right for you? Check out our Career Uncovered tool on our Employability Hub.

Core Tax

If you’re intrigued by law and what it means for our clients, a role in our core Tax teams could be right for you. You’ll also like to keep up-to-date with any tax-related changes, be systematic, have a good eye for detail and be passionate about helping clients come up with commercial and ethical solutions to their problems. And of course, you’ll be good with people too.

As part of our core Tax programme, you'll work across our Direct and Indirect Tax teams:

Direct Tax

In Direct Tax you’ll help clients manage their tax risk and comply with complex legislation. Our clients are wide ranging: from FTSE 100 companies and global organisations, to budding entrepreneurs, high- net worth individuals and family businesses.

Indirect Tax

As part of our Indirect Tax practice, you could be involved in everything from advising clients on the VAT implications of their UK activities, to a global project looking at the clients’ supply chain. Or considering the impact of case law developments, to advising on a merger or acquisition.

If you’re intrigued by law and what it means for our clients, a role in our core Tax teams could be right for you. You’ll also like to keep up-to-date with any tax-related changes, be systematic, have a good eye for detail and be passionate about helping clients come up with commercial and ethical solutions to their problems. And of course, you’ll be good with people too. 

Alternative Tax

In addition to our core Tax roles, you can choose to apply for a number of individual teams where you’ll specialise from day one:

  • Accounting Services.
  • Global Fiscal Policy.
  • HR Technology and Transformation (HR Technology or HR Transformation streams).
  • Workforce Strategy and Culture.
  • People in Deals.

To find out more about these teams click here.

Joining as a graduate

Most of our Tax teams will require you to study towards a professional qualification to build your business, personal and technical skills. For the majority of positions this will be the market leading ACA qualification; the ACA being one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available in the world.

Please see individual vacancies for further information on your exam pathway, as well as our dedicated Professional Qualifications page.

You’ll start your professional qualification almost immediately upon joining and within the first few weeks you’ll take your first set of exams. Studying can be tough but we'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. Our innovative and market leading training programme enables individuals to learn in the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace.

Depending on the area of Tax you choose to join, study of a further Professional Qualification may be required. Please carefully review the job description to ensure you’re comfortable with the qualifications involved for your chosen programme.

For most of our Tax programmes, you'll need to have or be on course to pass an undergraduate degree in any subject. However some of our specialist areas may have specific degree requirements.

Life in Tax

Early in your career you'll have the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience across some of our core tax specialisms - giving you the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and build your network. On our core Tax programme you’ll then become aligned to a particular part of our Tax practice in your third year. 

This breadth of experience, along with an agile mindset, is an important part of working in Tax. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable professional skills by working with a range of teams. We encourage you to bring your own strengths and experiences to each team you work with, and deliver ideas and suggestions to encourage collaboration.

As a predominantly office based team, this gives us the opportunity to build vital colleague relationships and inclusive environments. Across our Tax practice we champion Feel Good Friday - an initiative to highlight some of our peoples achievements that week. We often have the most office stability across PwC teams, meaning we’ve a real focus on everyday flexibility and working in tandem with peoples’ out of work commitments. We pride ourselves on this team culture across every office and our social events are testament to this.

The Tax function of the future

In line with market and client demand, we’re developing a generation of agile tax professionals who combine deep technical and professional expertise with state of the art digital capabilities to support our clients in an ever-evolving business world.

In Tax, the use of data analytics for both tax compliance and tax consulting will soon become the norm; tax professionals will also be data analysts. Information previously held in paper files can now be collected in seconds, freeing up our tax professionals to do strategic work by using this data in new ways. We’re now able to analyse entire data sets, as opposed to smaller samples, and make decisions quicker and with increased accuracy.

Over the next few years, we’ll fundamentally transform the way we go about tax compliance. This transformation will allow you, our future professionals, to focus more on the logic behind the data queries and fine tune your analytical skills. In turn enhancing your knowledge of technical tax, different client industries and business processes. It’s about working smarter, and using innovation and technology to make that happen.

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