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Actuaries work with uncertainty. Join us and you’ll help clients analyse how future events could affect them.

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Working in Actuarial as a Graduate

Actuaries work with uncertainty. You’ll learn how to use complex financial and statistical theories to weigh up the risks and estimate the odds of what might happen. Just as important, you’ll develop a flair for presenting your findings in simple, easy‑to‑understand language and gain from early client exposure which will broaden your experience. There are two business areas you can choose from – both among the leading actuarial practices in the UK: Actuarial Services and People and Organisation.

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Find out more about life on the Actuarial graduate programme

Kirstin, Mark and Luca tell you what about their career in Actuarial Services.

The Actuarial Experience

Our Actuarial Services practice is made up of two distinct areas: Actuarial Services or our Risk Modelling Services Analytics route.

  • In Actuarial Services you’ll help clients analyse how future events could affect them. You’ll work with clients from the insurance industry (both life and general insurance), the banking sector (retail and investment), the healthcare sector, the public sector, as well as corporate clients from the non‑financial services sector like energy and utility providers. Your advice could cover everything from managing economic capital, risk management, mergers and acquisitions to company restructures, financial modelling and the viability of new products.
  • Our Risk Modelling Services Analytics team sits within our Risk practice and if you’re interested in working with big data, stress and scenario testing then this might be the team for you. It’s also one of the largest growth areas.

To find out more about Actuarial Services and our Risk Modelling Services programmes click here

When joining our People and Organisation teams, you’ll also be aligned with our Tax practice, giving you the opportunity to  work in either our Pensions team or Reward and Employment team.

  • Reward and Employment helps teams companies work out how to incentivise and reward their employees. As part of a multidisciplinary team, you’ll draw on your problem‑solving skills to advise clients in this complex and challenging area, using financial modelling and analytical techniques to develop and test reward structures that support business strategy, drive appropriate 

  • Our Pensions team work with a variety of companies, from large multinationals to private listed businesses. Using our market-leading pensions analytics tool and range of expertise, you’ll help clients develop and implement their pension strategy or benefit schemes, consult on how they should manage both liability and asset risks within their pension plans, negotiate with trustees on how to fund schemes, design plans to help employees save for retirement and advise on potential mergers or acquisitions.

To find out more about People and Organisation Tax, click here.

 

Joining as a graduate

Your training combines on-the-job coaching and formal courses with study for professional qualifications. You'll divide your time between working in the office, visiting clients and studying.

If you join our Actuarial Services or People and Organisation teams you’ll study with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). Once you’ve completed the exams, you’ll then be fully qualified and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

You’ll start working towards this during your induction training and it's a considerable commitment, calling for a great deal of self-discipline and motivation.


You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject. We determine whether you're on course for a 2.1 based on the grades you achieved in your last completed year of academic study. 

Although we do not look for any specific degree or A Level subjects, please note that the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) offers some guidance to those considering a career as an Actuary: https://www.actuaries.org.uk/membership/types-membership/student-membership.

The IFoA qualification syllabus is rigorous and the examinations are highly demanding, so they recommend applicants have a maths-based degree. If you do not have a maths-based degree, they recommend you take one of their non-member exams before starting your IFoA to prepare you for the IFoA qualification process.

Life as an Actuary

Compared to traditional Actuarial firms, with PwC you’ll gain practical experience of working with multidisciplinary PwC practices such as tax, accounting, regulatory, business recovery or deal experts on a wide range of client projects. This will help you develop analytical, technical, communication, project management and networking skills while building your business awareness and industry knowledge. 

As an associate, you’ll work on a variety of clients so you build a global commercial awareness across different financial (and non-financial) institutions. From day one, you’ll have project management responsibilities and will be given opportunities to present the results of your statistical modelling to senior colleagues and clients. To support you in your exams, you will be given time off to study. As well as a study mentor, you’ll have a large network of other actuarial students there for support and celebrations for exam passes.

We’re proud of our inclusive culture and have a strong focus on well-being. An important job for an associate is to organise social events for their team that could range from go-karting, escape rooms or dinner out.

The future of Actuarial 

The era of AI is an exciting time to start a career as an actuary. With access to data increasing, so is the demand for actuarial expertise. The growing capability of machine learning reduces the time spent processing and cleansing data, and increases the focus of the actuary’s role to challenging assumptions and results. The crucial skill of an actuarial consultant will be the ability to demystify these models to clients and clearly communicate the conclusions that can be drawn from data trends.

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