Tax

Your knowledge will help high-profile organisations, entrepreneurs and family businesses understand complex rules and make informed decisions with significant impacts.

 

The tax landscape is constantly changing. Your knowledge will help high-profile organisations, entrepreneurs and family businesses understand complex rules and make informed decisions with significant impacts.

You’ll also help governments ensure the efficient operation of tax systems and use your insight to solve long-term problems. Our expertise covers every conceivable area of taxation, with more than 4,500 tax  experts proactively engaging in the tax policy debate and focused on leading views and new ideas. 

We’re looking for people who are flexible, ready to build strong relationships and networks, and demonstrate leadership.

By joining Tax you’ll also be involved with our innovative One Tax Rotation programme. This gives you the opportunity to work outside your core tax competency for up to six months, learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills.

 

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Corporate Tax

In Corporate 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.

Working with our prestigious client list, as well as undertaking our learning programme which includes professional qualifications, will give you the best start to your career in Tax.

What is Corporate Tax?
In a nutshell you’ll tackle a broad range of work that could include multinational advisory projects, tax compliance and researching business issues that affect clients’ tax affairs - all while keeping pace with regular tax rules. The teams in this area are:

  • Corporate Consulting – which helps organisations meet their tax obligations while managing the impact tax has on their businesses
  • Transfer Pricing – which helps organisations understand the pricing implications of goods and services between related parties
  • Private Business and Private Client – which advises growing companies, partnerships and wealthy individuals on their local and overseas tax affairs while acting as a strategic consultant on things like business analysis, managing working capital and profit-sharing for partners
  • Deals – As well as the Deals line of service, we also have a specific Deals Tax team that work closely with the Deals line of service and advise of the tax implications of Deals projects. Candidates can join one of three areas within Deals, namely: Business Recovery Services (BRS), Real Estate (RE) and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A).
What you'll do
Some of the things could include:

  • Making sure the tax compliance process runs smoothly
  • Liaising with our overseas offices to co-ordinate projects
  • Researching business issues that will affect clients’ tax affairs
  • Providing tailored tax advice to your clients
  • Researching, planning and tailoring ideas to clients' needs
  • Rotation - By the end of your third year, you will have the completed your ‘One Tax Rotation’; working outside your core team in Tax for up to six months. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills.
  • What you'll gain
    Training
    You’ll have a people manager to help you identify your development needs.

    Although you'll have a tailored development plan, you’ll still need to take charge of your own development. That means recognising if you need to boost things like your time management, project planning or report-writing skills, and investigating what resources we have to help you.

    Our new innovative and market leading training programme enables individuals to learn in the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style. We give students personal responsibility for organising studies around work. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace. Our approach to training develops rounded individuals possessing not only excellent technical skills, but also the business acumen that enables them to be commercial and open minded in their approach. Our programme provides a broad business skill set that includes commerciality, analytical capability and effective communications.

    Development
    You'll spend the first stage of your career focusing on learning about our business and developing key skills. Building your business, personal and technical skills and studying to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Accounts of Ireland (CAI).

    Studying can be tough – everyone completing these exams is a high achiever so the standards are high. We'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. What’s more, you’ll continually apply what you learn at college to your work - reinforcing your know-how and gaining an edge in the exam hall. We'll expect you to reciprocate with hard work and commitment, investing your own time to study as required.

    A broad experience, that allows you to apply what you have learnt through your professional qualifications, is highly valued and you will be actively supported to experience different areas of Tax throughout your career.

    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any discipline.
    Your work will call for everything from meticulous research and intelligent analysis to the ability to juggle priorities and carry out shrewd negotiations. So you must have potential in a whole range of areas.

    You'll need:

    • The passion to deliver the best for your clients
    • The ability to build strong and lasting relationships
    • Outstanding problem-solving ability
    • Team working skills
    • A flair for handling complex numerical data
    • An ability to influence and inspire others.

     

    Indirect Tax

    Indirect tax is a highly commercial, ever-changing and extremely wide-ranging field. 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, to considering the impact of case law developments, or advising on a merger or acquisition. No two days are the same for an indirect tax specialist.

    We’ll give you early responsibility plus the opportunity to test your strengths and abilities.

    You’ll join a growing network that works with clients across a range of sectors – including financial services, consumer products, technology and energy, property developers, retailers and charities, to name a few – each with their own specific indirect tax challenges.

    As governments around the world look to increase their revenue bases, more  countries are introducing indirect tax regimes. With an average VAT rates of  of around 20%, helping a client to decide whether they are required to charge VAT, or if they can reclaim VAT they incur can have a big impact on its profitability and cash flow. Add factors like the growth of e-commerce and the developments in the digital economy, determining when and where VAT is due is becoming ever more complex and time sensitive.

    Some businesses manage tens of millions of pounds of VAT each year and even a small percentage error rate can result in big financial liabilities. To give good advice you need to understand the commercial detail of what your clients are selling and to whom. Joining our indirect tax practice will give you the opportunity to develop an international network early on in your career.

    What is Indirect Tax?
    Relationships with our clients are at the heart of everything we do, so understanding our client’s business and products and services is critical to ensuring that we are able to advise them on the challenges they face.

    As an example, our team advised a household goods manufacturer on the consequences of relocating some of its business to another country.

    By understanding the client’s supply chain, our team were able quickly consult with fellow indirect tax practitioners across our international network to establish the indirect tax consequences of the proposed changes in each territory and help the client navigate the potential indirect tax implications. As a result of our work, the client was able to make effective business critical decisions about the true cost to them of changing their operations.
    What you'll do
    In any given day you could be involved with:

    • Helping clients pay the right amount of tax and making sure they don’t overpay
    • Advising clients on the implications of changes to the indirect tax rules both in the UK and overseas
    • Collaborating with clients and colleagues across PwC both in the UK and our international member firms
    • Tackling special projects such as a business restructure or a merger or acquisition
    • Helping clients respond to HM Revenue and Customs enquiries and disputes
    • Making sure a client’s indirect tax reporting is accurate by working with them to introduce more efficient internal processes and controls
    • Working with clients to litigate disputes at the courts
    • Rotation - By the end of your third year, you will have the completed your ‘One Tax Rotation’; working outside your core Tax competency for up to six months. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills.

    What you'll gain
    Training
    You’ll have a people manager to help you identify your development needs.

    Although you'll have a tailored development plan, you’ll still need to take charge of your own development. That means recognising if you need to boost things like your time management, project planning or report-writing skills, and investigating what resources we have to help you. Our new innovative and market leading approach training programme enables individuals to learn the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style.

    We give students personal responsibility for organising studies around work. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace. Our approach to training develops rounded individuals possessing not only excellent technical skills, but also the business acumen that enables them to be commercial and open minded in their approach. Our programme provides a broad business skill set that includes commerciality, analytical capability and effective communications.

    Development
    You'll spend the first stage of your career focusing on learning about our business and developing key skills.

    Building your business, personal and technical skills and studying to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Accountants of Ireland (CAI).

    In addition to accountancy training, we will support you with on the job, technical, tax training delivered by sector specialists so that you can get involved with advising clients from the first couple of weeks with us.

    Studying can be tough – everyone completing these exams is a high achiever so the standards are high. We'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. What’s more, you’ll continually apply what you learn at college to your work - reinforcing your know-how and gaining an edge in the exam hall. We'll expect you to reciprocate with hard work and commitment, investing your own time to study as required.

    After your initial training, you'll have the chance to broaden your experience.

    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any discipline.

    The indirect tax world is constantly evolving and PwC is at the forefront of many of these changes. So you’ll need to be open-minded, flexible and agile in dealing with change.

     

    People and Organisation

    Our Tax practice is more than just Tax. In People and Organisation you’ll help some of the world’s leading employers make the most of their biggest asset – their people. A role in our People & Organisation (P&O) practice will give you the opportunity to work on a wide range of fast paced UK and International projects, whilst developing the skills and experience you need to become an expert in your field.

    It’s a wide ranging and diverse area, giving you the opportunity to explore and develop a variety of different skill sets. You’ll join a specific team in our P&O practice and work on a number of different projects, ranging from helping clients define their HR strategy, to ensuring their HR function is effective, through to helping clients improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their workforce. This might include anything from how their pensions are set up and managed to communications, employment law, global implications, talent management, tax compliance or reward and employee incentives.

    The teams that you could join include:

    • oneGM (Global Mobility)
    • Reward and Employment
    • Human Resource Management (HRM)
    Areas of People and Organisation
    The teams that you could join include:

    oneGM (Global Mobility): The oneGM team works closely with global companies to assist in moving their people around the world. Moving assignees globally can be complex and costly for organisations and the oneGM team works with clients to develop strategies for global mobility, tax and social security advice for their mobile employees, and provide the necessary tax compliance services.

    Reward and Employment: this team help clients ensure the way their employees are rewarded encourages their retention and enhances the way they act in the best interests of their company, customers and shareholders. The team will review a client’s business strategy and create a reward strategy to suit. They also ensure all pay structures are implemented correctly and in compliance with tax and other rules.

    Human Resource Management (HRM): This team help organisations attract, retain and develop a productive workforce to ensure sustaining business growth for our clients. You could specialise in one of the areas below:
    • Human Resource Transformation - Our team work with clients to maximise value by connecting people objectives with their business strategy. Working with HR Directors and business leaders we develop highly effective strategies and improved functions to help HR deliver their commitment of performance and growth to the business. Transformation services include support from the planning and design phases through implementation and deployment
    • Human Resource Technology - Cloud technologies have evolved to enable rapid HR transformation, with broader functionality, intuitive usage and entirely new offerings that weren’t previously available – which is where our HR Technology consulting team can help
    • People Analytics - the analysis of accurate HR data by leading organisations is significantly shaping the way they recruit, retain and reward their employees. People Analytics work to improve and resolve issues pertaining to People Data and Analytics so that organisations can feel confident in their data and utilise it for the benefit of their business.
    • People in Deals - The team advises on all the people aspects of buying, selling or listing businesses both in the UK and internationally. Our work ranges from conducting due diligence for both private equity, corporate and public sector organisations, to planning and implementing post-deal integration and business restructuring. Projects are both legally and operationally complex, varied, and very fast-paced.

    As you can see our practice is wide ranging and diverse providing you with every opportunity to develop. In short, a career in our People & Organisation practice can give you variety, depth of experience and the opportunity to become a specialist in a leading field that is constantly changing.
    What you'll do
    You'll work on diverse projects across all sectors of the economy, providing vital support to more senior clients. And whatever you work on, you'll learn about employment tax risk, employment cost reduction and employer social responsibility.

    You could get involved in:
    • Helping clients introduce innovative, motivational, tax-efficient ways to reward staff and lower costs
    • Re-shaping a workforce to deliver
    • Restructuring workforces through transformation
    • Developing a strategy for managing an internationally mobile workforce
    • Advising companies on how to prepare for possible compliance reviews
    • Helping a company deal with the impact of a merger
    • Looking at the environmental issues around how organisations can measure and reduce their C02 emissions
    • Researching advice for wealthy individuals on personal tax compliance, estate and capital taxes planning or trusts
    • Supporting teams that advise executives on how to manage their investments and pensions, or, on how working overseas might affect their wealth
    • Keeping pace with the frequent changes in legislation that affect our clients
    • Rotation - By the end of your third year, you will have the completed your ‘One Tax Rotation’; working outside your core tax competency for up to six months. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills.*

    And you’ll often experience other areas such as HR, communication, negotiation, project management and employment law in addition to studying for your professional qualification.

    As the work is so varied and fast-paced, you’ll quickly develop a mix of technical and business skills and build up UK and global contacts. The opportunity to use these networks and work abroad, usually, once qualified means that a graduate career in our P&O practice gives you both the skills and capabilities to take your career wherever you choose to.
    What you'll gain
    You’ll have a people manager to help you identify your development needs. Although you'll have a tailored development plan, you’ll still need to take charge of your own development. That means recognising if you need to boost things like your time management, project planning or report-writing skills, and investigating what resources we have to help you. Our new innovative and market leading approach training programme enables individuals to learn the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style.

    We give students personal responsibility for organising studies around work. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace. Our approach to training develops rounded individuals possessing not only excellent technical skills, but also the business acumen that enables them to be commercial and open minded in their approach. Our programme provides a broad business skill set that includes commerciality, analytical capability and effective communications.

    You'll spend the first stage of your career focusing learning about our business and developing key skills. - building your business, personal and technical skills and studying to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Accountants of Ireland (CAI).

    Studying can be tough – everyone completing these exams is a high achiever so the standards are high. We will be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. What’s more, you’ll continually apply what you learn at college to your work - reinforcing your know-how and gaining an edge in the exam hall. We will expect you to reciprocate with hard work and commitment, investing your own time to study as required.

    After your initial training, you'll have the chance to broaden your experience.

    *HRM jobs you will not study for a Professional qualification
    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any discipline

     

    Tax Reporting and Strategy

    In Tax Reporting and Strategy you’ll help clients manage tax in their businesses and build a tax function for the future. Tax is an increasingly public issue and often on the board room agenda.

    What is Tax Reporting and Strategy?
    Tax matters. In Tax Reporting and Strategy (TRS) you’ll help businesses:
    • Develop and align their tax strategy with their organisation’s commercial goals
    • Review tax management across their business, develop and implement a detailed roadmap for transformation, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of processes and controls, undertake detailed risk management reviews, and identify and manage the risks and challenges arising from change such as acquisitions and disposals.
    • Accelerate the impact of technology in tax by setting their technology strategy for tax, building the business case for investment, selecting the correct software solutions and implementing them
    • Improve data and unlock data insights to enable better decision making
    • Meet their increasingly complex domestic and global compliance and reporting obligations by identifying the correct compliance model for their business and help them transition from the current to the desired model
    • Develop their thinking around tax transparency by assessing what might be understood about their tax affairs from public data, looking at what others are disclosing and helping them to collect their Total Tax Contribution data.

    You’ll join a fast growing global network that works across all taxes and industry sectors. Working in TRS you’ll advise both domestic and international clients on the end to end management of tax across their business.
    What you'll do
    Some of the things could include:
    • Preparing for and attending client workshops
    • Liaising with our overseas offices to co-ordinate projects
    • Demonstrating and implementing software solutions to clients
    • Researching publicly available tax information
    • Using data visualisation tools to provide additional insight to clients
    • Making sure global compliance contracts run smoothly
    • Rotation - By the end of your third year, you will have the completed your ‘One Tax Rotation’; working outside your core tax competency for up to six months. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills.

    What you'll gain
    Training
    You’ll have a people manager to help you identify your development needs.

    Although you'll have a tailored development plan, you’ll still need to take charge of your own development. That means recognising if you need to boost things like your time management, project planning or report-writing skills, and investigating what resources we have to help you. Our new innovative and market leading approach training programme enables individuals to learn the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style. We give students personal responsibility for organising studies around work. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace. Our approach to training develops rounded individuals possessing not only excellent technical skills, but also the business acumen that enables them to be commercial and open minded in their approach. Our programme provides a broad business skill set that includes commerciality, analytical capability and effective communications.

    Development
    You'll spend the first stage of your career focusing on learning about our business and developing key skills - building your business, personal and technical skills

    Studying to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Accountants of Ireland (CAI).

    Studying can be tough – everyone completing these exams is a high achiever so the standards are high. We'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition.

    What’s more, you’ll continually apply what you learn at college to your work - reinforcing your know-how and gaining an edge in the exam hall. We'll expect you to reciprocate with hard work and commitment, investing your own time to study as required.

    A broad experience, that allows you to apply what you have learnt through your professional qualifications, is highly valued and you will be actively supported to experience different areas of Tax throughout your career.
    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any discipline
    • An interest in technology will be helpful in many areas of TRS but not essential

    The world of tax is constantly changing and our TRS team is rapidly evolving to be at the forefront of these changes. So you’ll need to be open-minded, flexible and agile in dealing with change.

    You'll also need:
    • The passion to deliver the best for your clients
    • The ability to build strong and lasting relationships
    • Outstanding problem-solving ability
    • Team working skills
    • An ability to influence and inspire others.

     

    Human Resource Management

    Our practice covers a wide range of areas which include workforce restructuring and performance alignment to name a few.

    We recruit graduates into the following areas of our Human Resource Management (HRM) practice:

    • HR Transformation
    • HR Technology
    • People Analytics
    • People in Deals

    Read on to find out more about what each team does:

    HR Transformation
    HR Transformation works with clients to maximise value by connecting people objectives with their business strategy.

    The team works with HR Directors and business leaders to develop highly effective strategies and improved functions to help HR deliver their commitment of performance and growth to the business..

    The team provides advice in a range of areas including:.
    • Global HR transformation, including HR process improvement Developing future strategic direction of HR service delivery to meet business requirements
    • Developing a new HR operating model and planning the transition for change including policies, KPIs and technology enablers
    • Evaluation of extending HR Business Process and Outsource opportunities
    • Defining and agreeing future HR capabilities and undertaking assessment processes of the current state
    • Driving and embedding cultural change through the people agenda.
    HR Technology
    Just as HR is being asked to do more, Cloud technologies have evolved to enable rapid HR transformation, with broader functionality, intuitive usage and entirely new offerings that weren’t previously available – which is where the HR Technology consulting team look to provide advice.

    The team advise clients on matters such as:
    • Helping clients understand what they are getting from their existing systems, identifying areas where costs can be reduced and performance improved
    • Identifying the right technology operating models to increase flexibility, self-service and more efficient processes
    • Providing support with developing technology business cases and communicating key proposals to the business
    • Cover end-to-end process of system implementation from building, testing and developing improved systems
    • Define and execute implementation plans.

    People Analytics
    The team focuses on improving and resolving issues related to people Data and Analytics so that organisations can feel confident in their data and utilise it for the benefit of their business.

    The key area of focus for graduates is in our Saratoga Services practice:
    • HR and Workforce Benchmarking - developing detailed benchmark information to provide valuable insight into the key drivers of HR functional effectiveness and human capital performance

    • Other areas of People Analytics include:
      • Employee Data Solutions - working with clients to review and understand, manage, control, design and fix their data issues
      • Workforce Business Intelligence /Management Information - Providing HR reporting and analytics, developing a clear Management Information reporting strategy, facilitating strategic planning and insight
      • Strategic People Planning (SPP) - working with senior teams to develop the capability to match the current and future demand for skills with the supply – based on understanding of workforce data and analytics.

    People in Deals
    The team advises on all the people aspects of buying, selling or listing businesses both in the UK and internationally.

    Our work ranges from conducting due diligence for private equity, corporate and public sector organisations, to planning and implementing post-deal integration and business restructuring. Projects are both legally and operationally complex, varied, and very fast-paced. We also come from a really wide range of backgrounds, both in-house and consulting, and half of us are pensions actuaries, so we work in a very inter-disciplinary way. Our work involves a wide range other teams across PwC, from Financial Due Diligence and Deals Strategy, to Business Recovery Services and operational Delivering Deal Value, as well as collaborating regularly with Legal. Often, the deals team also acts as a gateway for other HR consulting services at the firm, bringing in specialists to deliver both during and after the deal. Graduates in the team gain a broad generalist grounding across HR quickly, as well as an understanding of what makes businesses tick both financially and culturally.

    High levels of client exposure is a given, particularly during post-deal work, and the speed and variety of work means your days pass by in a flash.

    You’ll also gain an international network across PwC, as we regularly collaborate with other deals teams across the globe to manage complex, cross-border transactions.

    You could be involved in the following:
    • Investigating people issues in a target business to identify costs and risks for a potential buyer
    • Helping the seller of a business tell a compelling HR story to potential buyers
    • Project management of the carve out of a division for sale by a large corporate organisation
    • Working with HR teams to plan and deliver major restructuring programmes
    • Assessing likely flight risks following a deal, by looking at how incentives such as shares are affected
    • Assisting an HR function prepare for the listing of a business on the stock market
    • Supporting a public sector organisation in determining whether their business case for insourcing is robust.
    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any degree discipline.

     

    Graduate Tax Work Placement

    There are a few ways you can join us. On a six month or 11 month work placement. Maybe you want to go travelling or do some voluntary work after a six month placement. Or maybe you'll stay and work with us for the whole 11 months.  

    What you'll do
    On our graduate work placement you get stuck into client work almost straight away:
    • Induction to learn about PwC and the way we do things
    • On-the-job learning and support to keep you focused on your development
    • Coaching and support from your personal career buddy
    • You won’t study for the ACA during this work placement, so you can focus 100% on client work
    • You’ll mainly be office based, with some occasional travel to clients as needed
    • Opportunities are available in London

    Length of work placement
    • There is flexibility in the length of your contract, ranging from 6 to 11 months
    • We’ll agree the exact duration with you once you’ve joined us and you’ve had the chance to settle in
    What you'll gain
    By the end of the programme you’ll have gained
    • A deep understanding of the work we do in Tax
    • Do well and you could be offered a full-time job on our our graduate training programme the following September
    • Financial support to start your ACA exam training when joining on the graduate programme

    Other programmes you may be interested in?

    If you’re interested in travelling, and want to move from project to project or work across different business areas, you may be interested in our ‘Flexible Associate’ programme.
    What can apply
    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.

    How to apply

    The level of work that you’ll do will be the same as our graduates. So you apply and are selected in the same way too. Places are limited, and they fill quickly, so make sure you apply early.
    What you'll need
    Be on course for a 2:1 in any discipline

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