PwC is significantly expanding its Scottish operations with more than 100 staff expected to join over the next six months.
The professional services firm, which employs around 900 staff across offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, is launching the new recruitment drive to fuel in-house tech development; ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) to data analytics and virtual reality (VR).
The majority of new positions will be with Operate, PwC’s operational delivery and change management business.
New roles include data architects, enterprise architects, businesses analysts and project managers, the company confirmed.
Operate was created in 2017 to support the growing demand from multinational organisations dealing with political, economic and regulatory change. The proposed recruitment drive in Scotland will primarily focus on supporting clients with a range of technology, finance and programme management resources.
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Lindsay Gardiner, regional chairman at PwC Scotland, said the recruitment drive is the largest ever undertaken by the firm in Scotland and will enable the firm to expand its tech capabilities.
“We are starting 2019 with the biggest recruitment drive we have ever undertaken in Scotland, a drive which underlines our ambitions to grow the business in step with the digital transformation which is underway across corporate Scotland,” Gardiner said.
“In a challenging economic and political environment, businesses are going through fundamental changes to the way they operate,” Graham added. “By continuing to invest in our people and expanding our technology capability, we are well-positioned to help deliver this change.”
The move underlines PwC’s commitment to technology in Scotland, the firm said. It has established close ties with tech incubator, Codebase, and recently launched a Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship with the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews
Ian McDonnell, lead partner in Operate, commented: “We’re delighted to bring these high-calibre roles to our Scottish operations as part of our continued expansion.
“Operate equips PwC with the ability to deliver important change programmes and operational solutions for its clients, so is new for PwC.”
McDonnell added: “While our delivery model draws on our regulatory expertise and a degree of automation, we also invest heavily in our staff. Because we operate in a rapidly evolving environment, we make sure that we equip people with the skills of tomorrow.”