KPMG launches 2019 graduate recruitment scheme
KPMG has launched its 2019 graduate scheme, with the Big Four accountancy firm looking for a more diverse talent pool.
The scheme, which will be recruiting for the firm’s audit, tax, pensions and legal services for September next year, is available to graduates with any degree, with job roles available across the UK.
KPMG has recruited a record number of new employees so far this year, with 620 audit graduates joining the firm, up by 36% from 2017. Regionally, the number of graduates being taken on by the company increased by 42%, while the number of audit graduates in London rose by 30%.
Commenting on the skills that are needed to be an auditor, KPMG’s UK Head of Audit Michelle Hinchliffe stated that the role requires a specific set of skills, but not all of these skills are what would be typically imagined. She said that numeracy is still highly important, but KPMG is also looking for particular capabilities that are not measured by what a candidate has achieved academically.
She also discussed the skills that KPMG looks for in modern auditors, stating that those who work in this role are part accountant, part detective, and part data scientist so the company is searching for candidates that have a natural curiosity, are independent thinkers, and have a keen eye for detail.
KPMG’s UK Head of Tax, Pensions and Legal Services Michelle Quest commented on how accountancy has changed, stating that the changing business environment has transformed the profession into a dynamic and collaborative role.
“A career in tax, pensions and legal services offers the opportunity to be working side by side with clients on the issues that are at the heart of running a successful business,” she added.
KPMG will also be offering other opportunities for graduates, including programmes for business services, which are set to be launched later in the year.