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PwC Australia to create 300 jobs in Adelaide with new onshore delivery centre

PwC Australia is expanding its presence in South Australia and today announced plans to open a new onshore delivery centre in Adelaide which will create 300 new highly skilled jobs within 18 months. The centre will give local university students the opportunity to ‘work while they study’ in a field directly related to future employment. Due to open in July 2021, the centre will provide onshore delivery capabilities in cybersecurity, cloud and financial audit services. 

PwC Australia’s onshore delivery centre will include appropriate training in the vocational and tertiary system to feed the centre with the skills required. The aim is to move into new skills and capabilities with a view to develop ‘homegrown’ talent to drive growth in high demand areas - to build the talent of the future for the Australian market as well as supporting PwC Australia’s clients.

Tom Seymour, CEO of PwC Australia, said, “Our plan to open a new onshore delivery centre in Adelaide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in Australia and Australian skills.

“University students in Adelaide can gain a real edge by taking this opportunity while they pursue their studies. Skilled workers from around Australia will also have the chance to join a dynamic team at the centre and experience the innovation that PwC and the vibrant city of Adelaide have to offer.

“As part of PwC Australia’s digital transformation strategy, we are making a significant investment in growth to meet the rising demand for skills in cyber, cloud and assurance services, plus increasing our capacity onshore to address data sovereignty and security concerns.

“The initial focus of the centre is on cyber, cloud and financial audit services and this is a reflection of the high market need due to the skills shortage exacerbated by border closures. We expect to see significant growth over the first 3-5 years of the centre with a blend of experienced technical and managerial staff as well as a strong pipeline of junior staff with relevant technical qualifications,” said Seymour.

Jamie Briggs, Managing Partner of PwC Australia’s Adelaide office, said, “The South Australian Government has a strong focus on cybersecurity as an area of economic growth, making Adelaide the new destination for innovation. Its bold yet cool vibe makes it the city Australians want to work in, whether they live in or out of state. It is opening up new and different prospects for resourcing and helping to build Australia’s workforce of the future.

“This is an opportunity for undergraduates to progress to graduates within the centre and over time move into the traditional workforce. They can work and learn at the same time and once they complete their course will have acquired in-demand skills which will make them very employable and help advance their careers, whether that’s at PwC Australia or elsewhere.

“Adelaide is also an attractive market for an onshore delivery workforce with benefits including time zone and proximity given the region is a short flight from most of Australia’s major cities. Investing in Adelaide and using it as a hub to fly in other resources from across the country is a great way to create a new centre for skills in cyber, cloud and assurance expertise in Australia,” said Briggs.

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