Danny McCance 30 Nov 2017 10:40am

PwC extends tech degree to Belfast

The Big Four firm has announced that it will now offer the degree apprenticeship at Queen's University Belfast

The university is the first in Ireland to partner with PwC, joining Birmingham and Leeds. It will start in September 2018.

The latest partnership will have an intake of 100 and, funded by the department for the economy in Northern Ireland, will offer students a free degree in computer science or software engineering.

A CEO survey from PwC found that 67% of CEOs find it difficult to recruit people with digital skills.

In October, PwC became the top graduate employer again for the 14th consecutive year.

Last week, the firm joined Deloitte in signing the Tech Talent Charter – started two years ago to combat gender inequality in the tech industry by encouraging more women to take up tech roles.

This month, PwC announced that it will be expanding its offices in Belfast and other sites and closing six regional offices as part of a consolidation of its regional presence.