Big Four accounting firm PwC is confident that Asia Pacific can bounce back from gloomy global economic forecasts, and it expects plenty of business opportunities.
As evidence, it recently announced it will recruit 15,000 experienced staff and fresh graduates in the next five years. The hiring of well over 2,000 fresh graduates in Hong Kong and China has already begun on campuses, targeting next year's graduates.
About 1,600 of the fresh hires will be based on the mainland, and about 400 in Hong Kong. PwC also hires about 1,000 experienced professionals each year, for both their mainland China and Hong Kong operations, and plans to maintain this level next year.
"We emphasise teamwork and require recruits to be detail-oriented and committed. Agility is important, as priorities can change quickly, but this is part of the excitement of being part of a large professional global network," says Nora Wu, PwC Asia Pacific human capital leader.
One attraction of working with PwC is the chance to learn. "In 2010, PwC invested over 1.2 million hours in people development," Wu says. "Our learning programmes ensure that our hires become independent professionals and, eventually, the firm's leaders."
The firm also offers excellent opportunities for global mobility. In 2010, 2,700 people from PwC member firms were globally posted on short- and long-term international stints.
The company is also a strong supporter of corporate social responsibility programmes and, beyond the professional training, ensures staff's personal development.
"Our recruits can look forward to myriad opportunities, all aimed at making them the very best they can be, both from a professional and a personal perspective," Wu adds.