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  • What we do:
    Audit Tax Advisory
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    • 15 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5GL

About KPMG

DURING THE DIAMOND jubilee river pageant, KPMG played its part by sponsoring the clipper fleet. However, one boat, the Typhoon, was close to the company’s heart. It was commissioned to host children, young people and their carers from Barnardo’s projects throughout London and the southeast. About 30 KPMG employees were nominated by colleagues to join the festivities for their dedication to raising funds for Barnardo’s; so far the firm and its staff have raised more than £1.3m for the charity over the past two years.
Last May, more than 750 members of staff, along with suppliers and clients, got together for the Big Blue Kick, which set a world record for the largest tae kwondo display. The event raised £50,000 for Barnardo’s.
“I love to be involved in anything that requires participation from the whole office,” said one employee. “I’m missing the training sessions and hype that surrounded the event and build-up to the big day.”
Colleagues go out of their way to help one another, say staff (a 71% positive score) and are fun to work with (72%).
In our survey, its workforce says KPMG encourages charitable activities (81%), and feel the organisation has a strong social conscience (73%). The London-based firm has 24 sites around the country and almost 11,000 members of staff. It provides some of the biggest multinationals with tax, audit and business advice and has a heritage dating back to the 1800s.
Company pride is high and employees are encouraged to share ideas. An in-house magazine, UK Highlights, was born from staff opinion and its editorial agenda is driven solely by the workforce. It has become KPMG’s most popular communication channel and enhances engagement, thanks to a readership of 10,000.
Staff feel they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation (73%) and agree that work is an important part of their lives (75%). Nurturing talent is at the top of KPMG’s agenda, with clear career paths showing the breadth of options available, ensuring everyone can improve their performance from the moment they join the firm.
Jobs are good for personal growth, say staff (72%), and the experience gained with be invaluable in the future (76%).

What is it like to work for KPMG

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Nurturing talent is at the top of KPMG’s agenda and career and personal development starts the moment employees join the firm. Talent and employee development is sponsored and supported by the company’s Executive Board. Career Paths show the breadth of career options available and support meaningful career conversations. Learning paths ensure everyone can improve their performance, fulfil their potential and grow their careers. KPMG want to stretch and challenge their staff, to encourage mobility, flexibility, and to accelerate skills development. In 2011/12, over 11,000 staff used the careers lattice on KPMG’s Career Paths Portal to explore roles across the firm, hear from people who have followed traditional, or alternative, career journeys, and to plan their development and destiny. Giving employee development an individual focus with real commercial edge, allows the company to use “learning-on-the-job,” key to their 70/20/10 learning agenda.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
As a company, KPMG believe that being valued by the communities in which we live and work, and leading on issues such as social mobility is vitally important. They believe local communities have talented individuals who are hungry for career opportunities, yet are hampered by considerable access barriers. A key element of the company’s response to diversifying entry routes into the professional services was their STARs programme – an 11-month Risk Consulting internship for 20 talented school-leavers. Now in its third year, STARs forms part of a structured commitment to widening access. In 2011, Audit launched a School Leaver Programme (6 years-employment, degree and ACA qualification) recruiting 224 students over the past 2 years and Risk Consulting has now launched a 3-year Level 4 apprenticeship scheme. All programmes are complementary and build future capability. Working in partnership with local communities, KPMG tackle employability issues. Their education outreach programme builds long-term relationships with 94 schools/colleges in targeted, disadvantaged communities, representing a commitment of over 10,000 KPMG hours.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
KPMG’s Employee Recognition Programme Encore remains leading edge and provides an effective way to recognise the company’s employees. With reward budgets remaining tight, it is a relatively low cost, yet highly valued way of keeping employees feeling valued and appreciated. KPMG’s innovation this year was to align the tool with their new global strategy, so that KPMG could directly reward individuals who demonstrated the attributes that are key to driving the business forward. KPMG were placed in the shortlists for the Personnel Today Awards 2012 ‘Award for Excellence in HR Through Technology or Social Media’ and CIPD Awards 2012 ‘Excellence Through Technology’ categories. When an employee is nominated for an award, the reason given will relate to one of the company brand attributes and this is clearly communicated to both the individual who receives the award and their line manager.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

  • Dental Insurance
    Dental Insurance

    Dental insurance offer to all employees

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  • Male : Female:

    55% / 45%


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