PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm, has recruited its highest ever number of graduates this month.
The firm has taken on 209 graduates through its annual Spring intake, with 30 people applying for each of the places.
The total number of applications – 5,877 – represented a 446 per cent increase for the Spring recruitment process when compared with 2009 figures, and a 192 per cent rise on last year's figures.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Head of Student Recruitment, Richard Irwin, said, “PwC is committed to recruiting graduate talent with a diverse range of experience, and the firm's Spring intake provides a compelling opportunity for students who don't want to wait until September to commence their careers.
“Only a quarter of the new Spring trainees studied accounting, banking and finance degrees, while over a quarter studied science and engineering. This is just one aspect of the kind of diversity we value in our graduate recruits,” he added.
The firm has also noted that the number of new recruits aged over 25 – 31 per cent – is rising when compared to previous years, alongside those aged over 30, who now account for four per cent of recruits.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is already accepting applications from interested parties for the September 2011 and April 2012 recruitment process.