PwC will be recruiting 1000 tech specialists over the next four years to meet demand for IT services.
The UK Risk Assurance practice will hire the professionals to work in different industries across the UK, including cyber security and privacy, data, business systems and technology risk and controls.
This hiring activity comes on top of plans to hire over 1000 data scientists to its Deals business.
The Risk Assurance team has also created a graduate recruitment programme that will provide tech graduates with a 3-year training programme.
The first intake will begin in September.
According to the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, demand for IT professionals rose 15 percent between June and July 2016.
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 cyber threat, requiring us to respond and build a strong team of specialists.
“Our new technology specialists will span from associates to partners and will consist of over 600 external hires, over 400 transfers from around PwC’s international network and over 200 cyber security, data and technology graduate recruits.”
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 which includes professional qualifications and aims 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 start this September.
Marc Bena, Risk Assurance partner at PwC, commented:
“There is a real shortage of technology professionals in the UK. Our vision is to recruit and grow the technology leaders of the future in the same way that we have helped grow generations of finance leaders.
“Our clients and their customers want to know that their technology is innovative and pushing boundaries whilst being safe and delivering what is expected. We have a duty to continue to build a team of technology experts able to help our clients do business with confidence.”