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Change in recruitment practice for KPMG

 

KPMG

  • CityCareers visited KPMG this month and learned that the firm is keen to recruit a wider range of graduates including those from  widening participation backgrounds. They have dropped their requirements from 320 UCAS points to 300  for graduate entry.   They are also willing to look at the broader picture e.g. disappointing A level results but a good degree result.
  • Audit  is seen by the firm as a good grounding for progression into their other services and KPMG are planning to increase intake. 
  • The firm are continuing to experience problems recruiting to regional offices (but have no problems recruiting to London).  There is also a growth in audit practice outside of London.
  • Some readers  might be interested to know (perhaps for interested siblings) that KPMG are also changing their recruitment expectations for their School leaver programme. They are  launching a new programme with lower requirements, additional to their current school leaver programme which will require BCC A level grades (current programme requires ABB).  The new programme does not include degree study but does involve studying for professional accountancy qualifications.

 

 

 

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Why train with a medium sized accountancy firm?

Brebners

brebners-220x102A perk of my job as a careers consultant at City is that occasionally, I am wined and dined in very nice settings. My latest foray was to the Annual Lunch for APA (Association of Practising Accountants) at the Chartered Accountants Hall in the City where I learned what it is like to train with a medium-sized firm. APA is a consortium of 15 medium-sized accountancy firms and I visited one of the firms beforehand. The list of member firms can be found here: http://www.apa-uk.co.uk/  I went to Brebners, on Shaftesbury Avenue and met the training partner and a trainee. Brebners offer an excellent opportunity for able students of any degree discipline. They have expertise in audit, accounting, taxation, financial services, insolvency, corporate and forensic work, solicitors accounts rules and expert witness.Be aware that just because the firms are smaller and less well-known than ‘the Big Four’ does not mean that entry requirements are low.  Guideline UCAS  points needed: 280-300 UCAS points, but check for each firm.

 What type of student would suit Brebners?

 Someone who wants  

  • a more personal approach to their training. Trainees will feel  that they are known  from day 1 in the firm, rather than a cog in the system. Trainees will be seen, known and appreciated. Trainees will be able to chat to partners in the kitchen, etc.
  • plenty of opportunity to work with clients and to work with a range of clients including small businesses and large with over 20m turnover per year.

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