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January 31, 2011

PwC UK plans to improve partner diversity

PwC UK would like half of its partners to be female or from an ethnic background, PwC chairman Ian Powell said.

Currently 13 to 14% of all partners are women and that there is a strong need to rebalance that, Powell said in an interview with a British newspaper.

“We take on over a thousand graduates a year and the number of women is in the high forties in terms of percentage. That is reflected up to a relatively senior level but we have not been good enough at attracting women back into the workplace [after a career break for children],” Powell explained.

Powell also said that PwC wants other under-represented groups – such as those on the basis of religion, race or disability – are also part of the programme.

“We know that 50% of business start-ups are now by women or ethnic minorities. This makes commercial sense”, he said.

PwC is expected to make further announcements on how it plans to tackle this goal as more pressure is put on businesses to increase the number of women at senior level.


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