• Name: Layo
  • Job Title: Tax Associate
  • Location: London
  • Degree: Chemical Engineering
  • Areas of Specialism: Tax

Can you describe what you do?

I work in the international assignment services team within tax. I deal with really big companies that may have offices and operations in different companies, so they’ll send employees from one office to another. I’ll advise on complex tax issues that arise from this activity. There are so many tax changes at the moment that people aren’t aware of and my role is knowing what these changes are and advising on what the impact will be.

What do you enjoy most?

Having an international aspect is really interesting. It also helps expand my network. Whenever I’ve had a problem, I use the relationships I’ve developed throughout the world. It’s really interesting as I’ve been able to broaden my knowledge of global tax restrictions.

Do you have any challenges?

I have to juggle lots of projects with different timeframes or deadlines falling on the same day, which can be challenging. I’ve learnt to work on multiple projects where sometimes I’ll need to delegate to others while simultaneously coaching them, and this can be busy at times, but it’s given me a great sense of achievement, and helped develop my project management skills.

What was your favourite thing about the role?

Even though I’ve only been here for two years, I’ve already been given a lot of responsibility which is one of my favourite things about the role. For example, with one client, I was put in charge of the UK compliance that involved a lot of project management and making sure everyone knew their role, so everything could be delivered on time. The recognition is also great at PwC, as I’m always thanked for the hard work I’m putting in.

So what do you think is the best opportunity that PwC has given you?

As well as gaining a professional qualification I’d say the wealth of experience that I’ve gained in the last two years has been outstanding. I’ll regularly speak to people with different levels of responsibility, from Partners to Associates, my peers, team members and clients. All this has given me the opportunity to develop my communication skills and build my network.

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